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Ngaliya and Warlpiri people, 1940–80 David Corby worked as a stockman before joining the early group of artists at Papunya. One of the youngest of the group, he was influenced in his work by his father-in-law. He travelled with exhibitions to New Zealand and Nigeria, and was artist-in-residence at Flinders University in South Australia in 1979. He drowned in a flooded creek on his way back to Papunya shortly after being elected chairman of Papunya Tula Artists.
Dreaming of Matjadji 1975
This painting represents a men's Dreaming story that passed through a waterhole site referred to in the title. The ceremony at the site involved young initiates receiving instruction from an elder, represented by the U shape, with the sinuous line indicating the track followed by the initiates during the ceremony. The arc shapes, which are the body paint symbols applied to the participants legs, are further reflected in the ground pattern.
Dreaming of Matjadji 1975, David Corby Tjapaltjarri
acrylic paint on canvas