Dot Painting


3 August 2020

The inspiration for this week's Monday Makes comes from Johnny Warrangula Tjupurrula's dot painting which was part of our 1999 exhibition Prime.

Untitled, 1972, Johnny Warrangula Tjupurrula, Photo by DCA Learning Team

Johnny Warrangula Tjupurrula was an Aboriginal painter from Western Australia who made art by combining ancient cultural traditions of visually mapping the bush landscape, the 'dreamtime' culture and the nomadic life with the use of modern materials like acrylic paints. He made art about his land, particular places and features of his area of Australia. You can find out more about his life and work here and read about symbols in Aboriginal art here.

Using different tools create your own dot paintings. Follow our step-by-step guide here, and then share your paintings with us using #DCAmakes.

If you enjoy this activity and you're able to, we'd be so grateful if you'd consider donating to help us keep enriching people's lives through art, culture and creativity. Thank you! 

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