"Emu Dreaming" Aboriginal Painting by Dion Jampijinpa Brown

Dion Jampijinpa Brown is the grandson of Paddy Japaljarri Stewart (1935-2013) who is one of the artists who painted the Yuendumu School Doors. Dion lives in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located 300 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the Tanami Desert. Dion has been painting through Warlukurlangu Artists, the local Aboriginal owned business since 2006. He paints the traditional stories passed down down to him by his grandfather. Dion attended the local school in Yuendumu and lives in the community.

The Aboriginal people of Australia have been using art to communicate for nearly 20,000 years. Ochre was used on rock walls, ceremonial articles, and as body paint, using symbols to pass down stories of cultural significance. As Creation plays a large role in the Aboriginal people's lives, it is also a core component of a majority of artwork. Artists generally paint from an aerial view, imagining themselves observing both the natural and metaphysical from above. Symbols make up a majority of the artwork, but dots and other textures are often added depending on the region of the artist.

Painting measures 24" x 18".