Tingari #721


Like all of the early works by Willy Tjungurrayi this is a very cartographically detailed painting. This is very specific to contemporary Aboriginal art, as you can view every painting as a geographical map of the area of which the artist and his ancestors originate.

This painting depicts the sites where large groups of men gathered in the formative period called Dreamtime, establishing the song cycles, ritual procedures and ceremonies that are considered secret and sacred to this day.

Despite the presence of the familiar western desert iconography these early works already embodied a vibrancy that made them shimmer.


Painted at Kintore, Australia in 1985;
Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia;
Corporate collection, Melbourne, Australia;
Sotheby's, Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 2005;
The Austcorp Group Limited Art Collection;
Purchased by Leslie Smith Gallery Amsterdam, 2009 

Willy Tjungurrayi

b. 1932

Willy Tjungurrayi was born around the year 1930 at Patjantja, near Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) in de Western Desert of Australia. He grew up in the bush living a traditional life with his brothers Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and George Tjungurrayi, both prominent Pintupi painters. Willy and his family were brought to Haasts Bluff in the 1950s. In 1976 they moved to Papunya where he starte . . .
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