Aboriginal Art from the Luczo Family Collection
19 October 2016


(c.1946 – 2014)

synthetic polymer paint on linen

150.5 x 181.0 cm

bears inscription verso: artist’s name and size

$20,000 – 30,000
Sold for $12,200 (inc. BP) in Auction 45 - 19 October 2016, Melbourne

Painted at Alice Springs in 2006
Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs (cat. WN0609224)
Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
The Luczo Family Collection, USA

Catalogue text

This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artiststhat states: ‘This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Ngaminya, just to the south-west of the Kiwirrkura Community in Western Australia. During mythological times a group of ancestral women camped at this site gathering the edible berries known as kampurarrpa (desert raisin) from the small shrub Solanum centrale and pura (bush tomato) from the shrub Solanum chippendalei.

Kampurarrpa berries can be eaten directly from the plant but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked on the coals as a type of damper, while pura are the size of an apricot, and once the seeds have been removed, can be stored for some time by threading the fruit onto skewers made from small straight sticks. The women had travelled from Marrapinti further west and after arriving at Ngaminya held ceremonies relating to the site. They later continued their journey north-east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).’