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Freddy Purla ‘PG30143’
or $66 x 10 months with
Dreaming: My Grandmother’s Country
Size: 40cm x 40cm
Freddy Purla, born in 1968 in Darwin, is an artist whose roots run deep in the rich soil of Utopia, carrying the legacy of talented ancestors. As the son of the renowned Utopia artist the late Barbara Weir and the grandson of the late Minnie Pwerle, Purla’s artistic lineage is as profound as it is celebrated. His adoptive connection to the iconic Emily Kame Kngwarreye through Aboriginal Law adds to his unique artistic heritage.
Purla’s artistic journey began in 1989 in Alice Springs, where he embarked on a creative path that would lead his work to grace collections worldwide, from Germany to Amsterdam, Paris, Switzerland, and New York.
Growing up, Purla’s childhood was punctuated by visits to Utopia, where he spent extended periods with his family before venturing to Alice Springs or Adelaide. Today, he proudly visits his community in Atnwengerrp, where he frequently returns, immersing himself in the land that fuels his artistic spirit.
Learn more about Freddy Purla here.
This artwork was produced in 2023, acrylic on linen and is 40cm x 40cm in size.
Freddy Purla’s dreams revolve around ‘My Grandmother’s Country,’ drawing inspiration from the artistic legacy of his great aunt, Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Over the past few years, Freddy has broadened his artistic range to encompass dub dub-style paintings, delving into the hues of both his own and Emily’s ancestral land.
In 2019, Freddy Purla embarked on a new artistic journey, ‘My Grandmother’s Country.’ It’s all about his deep connection to his ancestral land in the Northern Territory.
Purla’s art reflects the tough yet beautiful Northern Territory landscape. He captures the essence of the desert’s heat, the ever-changing seasons, and the vibrant wildflowers. This art is a way of thanking the land for providing sustenance to him and his community.
With simple yet vivid colours, Purla’s work tells a story of tradition and gratitude. It’s a tribute to the land that nurtured him during his upbringing. ‘My Grandmother’s Country’ is a celebration of the land’s resilience and the natural beauty it offers.
Purla’s art takes you on a journey through the seasons, the desert’s warmth, and the colorful wonders of the land. It’s a heartfelt homage to his roots and the enduring connection between people and their environment.
In ‘My Grandmother’s Country,’ Purla’s art is a testament to the power of dreams and the beauty of tradition. It’s a visual story of gratitude for the land that has enriched his life and continues to inspire his creativity.
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All the artwork provided is done on with highest quality linen canvas, acrylic paints and brushes ensuring the longevity of each piece of work.