Men’s Dreaming III by Ronnie Lawson Jakamarra
This is the body design for men of the Jungerayai and Japanardi skin groups. They have an obligation to see that Jakamarra and Jupurulla men observe strict interpretation of the law during ceremony. (These men are referred to as policemen for the artist’s group.) The design relates to the Dreaming place, Jambakulong soakwater. The hunter is travelling from Pinakuru to Walangarra, where he eventually stops. His travels are depicted as the wavy lines, and the concentric circles are the individual locations. The curved shapes scattered throughout the body paint design are the hunter’s killing boomerangs.
This is an original limited-edition etching created by the artist on a metal plate and printed by master printmaker Basil Hall on Hahnemuhle 350gsm archival paper.
- Medium: etching
- Image size: 49cm x 32cm
- Paper size: 76cm x 56cm
- Edition size: 33
Place of birth Rilyi-rilyi, 1930 or earlier. A very old man, Ronnie Lawson is Pintupi/Warlpiri and is well known and liked by everyone in Lajamanu for the sweetness of his disposition. His country is Rilyi-rilyi and his Dreamings are Karnta, Women Janmarda, Bush Onion and Wintiki.
A Ronnie Lawson painting of Pituri Dreaming features on the cover of an award-winning thesis on adult education at Lajamanu by David Macleay and another of Bush Bean on the cover of the catalogue of the Donald Kahn Collection, which has been touring the USA and Europe since 1991.
Ronnie often works with his wife, Louisa Lawson Napaljarri. They are both highly regarded painters. Ronnie Lawson started painting in 1986 in the traditional painting course organised by the TAFE unit at Lajamanu school.
Image size: 49cm x 32cm
Paper size: 76cm x 56cm