Untitled (Central Australian landscape) signed 'Otto Pareroultja' lower right watercolour and pencil on paper 51.0 x 71.0cm (20 1/16 x 27 15/16in).
PROVENANCE Sturt Gallery, Darwin Private collection
This dynamic and vibrant work showcases Pareroultja's unique and distinctive style within the Hermannsburg school of painting. In contrast to the more serene and quietly powerful landscapes of Namatjira and Rex Battarbee, the artist developed a much more dynamic approach, using repetitive patterns and lines and a more vibrant palette to give his paintings a sense of a rythmic movement and life. Like Namatjira, Pareroultja frames his landscape with the gnarled old form of a solid and ancient gum in the foreground which then leads the viewer's eye to the varying colours of the distant mountain ranges of the Aranda landscape. T. G. H Strehlow very much saw the artist as tied to his ancient land 'in close harmony with Ancient Aranda...tales, according to which many of these old gums had arisen from poles abandoned on their travels by their original totemic ancestors' (Wayne Tunnicliff in H. Perkins, Tradition Today: Indigenous Art in Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004, p.116).