Johnny Warankula is an iconic and important member of the original acrylic art movement at Papunya, where he began painting in the late 1970's after a long turn as a labourer in Haasts Bluff, Mt Leibig, Yuendumu and Mt Wedge. He rapidly developed the style now known as over-dotting to disguise the sacred nature of his Dreamings.
His work is imbued with an incredible sense of movement and ceremony that can only be understood through experiencing his paintings in the flesh. Geoffery Bardon the initiator of the acrylic movement fondly recollected that Johnny would paint with intense level of intuitive concentration. The body of work that Johnny has left behind contains some of the finest examples of not just Aboriginal, but Australian abstract painting. His work features in many public and private collections throughout the world.