“Mulga Tree Dreaming”

Clifford Tilmouth Pengarte

Artwork Year

30 x 30 cm


acrylic on canvas


Clifford paints elements of the Mulga Tree Dreaming. This is a very important story of Clifford that belongs to his country, Atoola. This story, its songs, dances, and symbols have been passed down to Clifford from his ancestors.

In his paintings, the concentric circles represent the Mulga Tree which is located in his country. Paralelle, wavy and/or singular lines stemming from the concentric circles represent what Clifford calls ‘dreaming lines’ that lead to Ilkawarne country nearby. Small ‘U’ shapes and white dots represent honey flowers. Other dot work represents ibulla (seeds from the Mulga Tree).

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