In 2019 Kate Owen Gallery will kick off a series of exhibitions exploring the notion of ‘tradition’ in Aboriginal Art.

The inaugural show in January will present artists that have remained faithful disciples of the muted colour palettes and powerful expression of Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) as first set down by the pioneers of western desert art, those present in the remote community of Papunya in 1971.

Johnny Warangkula Tjupurula was born in 1925 at Minjilpirri, an area north west of Illipili and south of Lake Mackay.

Close by is his major dreaming site Tjilkari. The son of mixed parents, his mother was of Luritja/ Warlpiri/Pintupi descent and his father Luritja/Warlpiri. Johnny was raised in a traditional manner, living an orthodox life style in the desert and never attending European schools.

He is of the Luritja language group and was initiated into manhood and learned his dreamings during his family's stay at a mission in Hermannsburg.