Paddy Japaljarri Stewart is from Mungapunju, just south of Yuendumu. When he was a young man he was a station worker at Mt Allen, Mt Dennison and up in the north. He worked as a chef in Papunya; hence his nickname ‘Cookie’. Paddy has been living in Yuendumu for many years, drawing and painting for Warlukurlangu Artists.
In 1988 he was selected by The Power Gallery, Sydney University to travel to Paris with five other Warlpiri men from Yuendumu to create a ground painting installation at the exhibition ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ at the Centre Georges Pompidou. In 2000 Paddy Stewart undertook to produce 30 etchings based on the famous Yuendumu Doors, which he and four other artists had painted in the 1980’s. The etchings were launched in 2001 at the National Gallery of Australia and the series won the 16th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for works on paper.
This etching concerns a possum dreaming (Janganpa Jukurrpa) story.