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Red bums flying

Kukula Mcdonald
Synthetic Polymer on Canvas
61 x 91.5 cm
Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists


Kukula Mcdonald predominantly paints red-tailed black-cockatoos. She knows where to find ‘big mobs of red bums’ in the central and western deserts. This painting portrays a busy scene of ‘red bums’ soaring in the sky. They fly over Uttumpatu, the rocky purple outcrops that form ridge lines and hills beside the community of Papunya. Her brush strokes reflect the movement of feathers and textures of the land, whilst also capturing the cheeky nature of the birds.

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

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