Freddy Purla ‘PG9344’

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Dreaming: Scorpion Dreaming

Size: 121cm x 178cm

Year: 2008

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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.

Artwork Information

This artwork was produced in 2008, acrylic on linen and is 121cm x 178cm in size.


In recent years, Purla’s focus has turned to “Scorpion Dreaming,” a style deeply rooted in his family’s totemic traditions.The scorpion, revered for its potent sting, is treated with utmost respect and left undisturbed.

Purla’s Scorpion Dreaming paintings are a testament to this reverence, featuring intricate layers of straight lines that mimic the courtship dance between male and female scorpions.

These dances, lasting up to twenty-four hours, leave behind intricate tracks on the desert floor, a natural artwork in themselves. Freddy’s Scorpion Dreaming captures the energy and vitality of this ritualistic desert dance.

Learn more here.


All the artwork provided is done on with highest quality linen canvas, acrylic paints and brushes ensuring the longevity of each piece of work.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 178 × 121 cm


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