ROCKHOLES AT WIRRULNGA, 2003

Important Australian Aboriginal Art Auction
Melbourne
18 March 2020
70

NINGURA NAPURRULA

(c.1938 – 2013)
ROCKHOLES AT WIRRULNGA, 2003

synthetic polymer paint on canvas

152.0 x 183.0 cm

bears inscription verso: artist’s name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. NN0301022

Estimate: 
$15,000 – 20,000
Provenance

Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Ian Rogers Fine Art, Melbourne
Private collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in August 2005

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs which states: ‘The roundels in this painting depict the rockholes at Wirrulnga, a site in a small rocky outcrop, east of the Kiwirrkurra Community. The sinuous lines in the centre represent the rocky hills with a creek running through the middle. A number of women camped here before continuing their travels east. Wirrulnga is associated with birth. A woman of the Napaltjarri kinship subsection gave birth at the site. The arcs are the sandhills surrounding the area.’