TDP 12. Malliera Body Paint, Dr. George, 2000, (diptych), 60" x
This an outstanding minimal modern painting activated by a deep spiritual
significance to the artist. A wealth of cultural information is encoded
in this work. The paintings visual power, much like that of vintage
60's Frank Stella or Agnes Martin comes from the subtle interplay of
positive and negative space. The artist's intent while equally reductive
is far less intellectual. The crude marking of the canvas mimes the
act of marking the body's of young initiates with fingers dipped in
a mixture of ochre pigments and kangaroo fat.
George Tjapaltjarri is a Pintupi elder, responsible for the initiation
of young men into the cultic life, revealing to them the esoteric knowledge
connected to the "Tingari Cycle." He is also a "Maparn"
or traditional healer, renowned for his "laying on of hands."
Dr. George's style has become quite innovative in recent years, his
confident hand is evident in the assurance of this work.
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