Important Australian Aboriginal Art
17 March 2021


born 1958

synthetic polymer paint on linen

183.0 x 153.0 cm

bears inscription verso: artist's name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. BW0301182

$15,000 – 20,000
Sold for $18,409 (inc. BP) in Auction 63 - 17 March 2021, Melbourne

Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
Pool Party Charity Art Auction, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 3 November 2005, lot 28
Private collection, Sydney
Sotheby's, Melbourne, 24 July 2007, lot 190
Private collection, Sydney


Pool Party Art Auction catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 3 November 2005, cat. 28 (illus.)

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists which states in part: 'This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Palipalantja, west of Jupiter Well. In Mythological times a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before continuing their travels north-east through Tarkul to Lake Mackay. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature, no further detail was given. Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.’