Rosie Napurrurla Tasman - Seed Dreaming

Rosie Napurrurla Tasman - Seed Dreaming

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Artist: Rosie Napurrurla Tasman
Title: Seed Dreaming
Catalogue no: 90-13
Size: 85 x 50 cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas.
Stretched and ready to hang.

Napurrurla is a highly collected artist who is represented in Australian and overseas galleries and collections.

The painting comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This dreaming tells about the special seeds we use for grinding and making powder. The women add water to make a special damper. They put the damper in the coals for cooking. There are many different seeds we collect.

Rosie Tasman Napurrurla
Country/Region: Australia
Born: c 1927
Skin Name: Napurrurla
Language: Warlpiri


Napurrurla was born at Pawarla, north of the Granites area in the Tanami Desert. She has ancestral rights over the wampana (wallaby), janganpa (possum), ngurlu (seed) and kulukuku (bush pigeon) Dreamings, which were passed from her father, Wayipurlungu.

Tasman’s traditional country, Miya Miya and Pawarla and the Dreamings associated with these particular sites, provide the inspiration and imagery for her distinctive paintings. She says that painting provides her with a happy way in which to make her culture strong.

Rosie Napurrurla Tasman was first introduced to the medium of acrylic paint in 1986 when the first works from Lajamanu were created for a public audience. Since then, painting has played a fundamental role in the ritual and ceremonial life of her family. Both of her siblings, Teddy Japurrurla Morrison and Molly Napurrurla Tasman are establised artists in the Lajamanu community, and her daughter Denise Napangardi Robertson is one of the younger generation of Warlpiri artists.

Tasman’s work alternates between intricate dotted circular motifs and bold gestural brush strokes. Her palette oscillates from traditional ochre colours to a freer application of bright yellows, reds and blues. In her janganpa (possum) Dreaming, she employs a technique of a white monochrome background to enhance the kuruwarri (ancestral designs) of the janganpa ancestor and his travels across the country. Her ngurlu (seed) Dreamings employ a technique where the iconography of the seed is mirrored in a background circular pattern of dots. This reinforces the essential elements of the seed Dreaming.


  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Donald Kahn Collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • Unwin Collection, Adelaide Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin NT

1986 People, Place, Art, Hilton International Hotel, Adelaide, SA
1987 Lajamanu Community Exhibition, Warlpiri Art from the North Tanami, Lajamanu, NT
1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
Design Warehouse Sydney, NSW [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art]
1990 Paint Up Big: Warlpiri Women’s Art of Lajamanu, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
Lajamanu Dreamings, Technical and Further Education College, Darwin, NT
1991 Ngurra Mala, les lieux du Reve, Ecole des beaux-arts, Grenoble, France
Lajamanu Dreamings 2, Technical and Further Education College,Darwin, NT
Aboriginal Art, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
Peintures du desert australien, Douarnenez, France
Yapa: Peintres Aborigenes de Balgo et Lajamanu, Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris
Lajamanu Warlpiri Artists from Warnayaka, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW
1992 Maintaining the Dreaming, University of Wollongong Long Gallery in Association with Coo-ee Aboriginal Art
1993 The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1994 Yapakurlangu Wirrkardu, Batchelor College, Tennant Creek, NT
1996 The Rainbow Serpent, Vaucluse, NSW
Galerie Kouwanhoven, DELFT, The Netherlands
1997 Indigenart, Perth, WA
Batchelor College, Darwin, NT
Gallery Artis, Boschveld 471, De Bosch, The Netherlands
Innenseite Projektgruppe Stofwechsel, Kassel, Germany
Innenseite Projektgruppe Stofwechsel, Gottingen, Germany
Goteborgs Konstforenong, Goteborg, Sweden
Dreamings Aboriginal Kunst uit Australie, Eusebiuskerk, Amhem, The Netherlands
BOSS WOMEN, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
1998 Culture Store, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Dreamings, Vlaams-Europeesch, Conterentoentrum, Brussles, Belgium
Dreamings, Spazio Pitte Arte, Florence, Italy
The Hagure Unites the Nations, Grote Kerk, The Hague, The Netherlands
Warnayaka Warlpin, Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin, NT
Robert Steele Gallery, New York, USA
2000 Lajamanu Warlpiri Artists, Yuwayi Gallery, Sydney, NSW in Association with Coo-ee Aboriginal Art
Lajamanu, Japingka Gallery, Fremanle,WA
2001 Warlpiri Artists from Lajamanu, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
Allison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2002 New Works from Lajamanu, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW

Diggins, L. (ed.), 1989, A Myriad of Aboriginal Dreaming: Twentieth Century Art, exhib. cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria
Glowczewski, B., 1991, Yapa: Peintres Aborigenes de Balgo et Lajamanu, Lebon Gallery, Paris
Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales (C)
Ryan, J., 1990, Paint Up Big: Warlpiri Women’s Art of Lajamanu, Craftsman Press.

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