Important Australian Indigenous Art
22 March 2023


born c.1950

synthetic polymer paint on linen

122.5 x 137.5 cm

bears inscription verso: artist's name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. JJ2000561

$10,000 – $15,000
Sold for $12,273 (inc. BP) in Auction 73 - 22 March 2023, Melbourne

Painted at Kintore for Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs in 2000
Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney

This work is accompanied by a copy of the certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists which states:

'This painting depicts designs associated with the soakage water site of Timalnga, north of the Kiwirrkura Community. There are rocks at this site which are associated with Tingari Mens' Ceremonies. In mythological times a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before travelling east towards Pinari, north-west of the Kintore Community. 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.'