Anmanari BROWN / Pitjantjatjarra people / WA b.c.1932 / Kungkarrakalpa Tjukurrpa (Seven Sister Dreaming) 2002 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / 182 x 232cm / Purchased 2002 with funds from the Estate of Betty Taylor through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Anmanari Brown
Kungkarrakalpa tjukurrpa (seven sister dreaming) 2002

Not Currently on Display

Kungkarrakalpa Tjukurrpa (Seven Sister Dreaming) 2002 represents an important ancestral story of the Western Desert. In contrast to the minimalist tones of some contemporary painting from the Western Desert, Anmanari Brown revels in colour.

This vibrant painting depicts the story of the Seven Sisters — almost certainly the blue ‘U’ shapes clustered around the red rock hole at the top of the painting — who are looking for Kuniya, an ancestral carpet python. Colour and shape convey the narrative, while pattern and line indicate the tracks of the journey.

Anmanari Brown was born at Purpurna, Western Australia, in the early 1930s. As a young girl, she travelled with her family through central Australia before settling at Warburton mission, a semi-desert area between the Gibson Desert to the north-west and the Great Victoria Desert to the south-east, some 1500 kilometres by road from Perth.

In her paintings, Brown largely depicts the Kungkarrakalpa Tjukurrpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming); her connection with this dreaming comes from her mother’s family. Brown now lives and works in the Papulankutja community, which is situated at the border of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory: she is one of the most senior artists of this region.

Her work reflects a deep knowledge of the landscape and its mythology, as well as a proud ownership of the land.