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Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri

- Career Overall Rank

88 2016 Market Rank

  • Born: 1916 - 2010
  • Active: 1985-

  • Region: Tanami Desert, NT
  • Community: Yuendumu, Yuendumu
  • Outstation: Kunajarrayi
  • Language: Warlpiri

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Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri - Mens Dreaming, 1998

Mens Dreaming, 1998
Sold by Lawson~Menzies, Sydney on 23/11/2004 for $4,800.00
Size: 122 x 90 cm

Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri - Ngarlkiri (Witchety Grub) Dreaming at Kunajarrayi (c. 1985)

Ngarlkiri (Witchety Grub) Dreaming at Kunajarrayi (c. 1985)
Sold by Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne on 28/11/1995 for $6,900.00
Size: 153 x 108 cm

Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri - Ngarlkirdi Jukurrpa (Witchetty Grub Dreaming)

Ngarlkirdi Jukurrpa (Witchetty Grub Dreaming)
Sold by Leonard Joel, Melbourne on 05/12/2010 for $3,600.00
Size: 90.5 x 213 cm

Paddy Tjapaltjarri Sims (1916-2010) was born south-west of Yuendumu prior to contact with Europeans. He began painting in the early 1980’s while  passing on his knowledge to many of the young men at the Yuendumu school. There was concern among the Warlpiri elders at the time, that the young people were loosing touch with their cultural identity.  In 1984, the school principle asked the senior men to paint ancestral designs on the school doors. In all, thirty doors were painted by Paddy Sims, Paddy Stewart, and three other countrymen. The five artists let loose with loud pinks, purples and blues in a confident gestural style, revolutionary and raw but also determinedly political.  This  ‘eruption of painting’ was characterized by large brushstrokes and a ‘messy’ finish, clearly distinguishing it from the earthy ochres and hard edge precision of Papunya works.

After the doors were completed, thirteen huge collaborative canvases were painted by the men and brought south for the world to see. Their recognition and legitimization by the educational authorities at Yuendumu, helped to fuel the confident, flamboyant Warlpiri style that took the art world by surprise during the mid 1980’s. Over time Paddy Sims played a seminal role in refining this trademark style.

By 1986, Warlukurlangu Artists had been established and Paddy became one of its principle male artists. He was selected by The Power Gallery, Sydney University,  to travel to Paris with five other Warlpiri men from Yuendumu to create a ground painting installation at the exhibition 'Magiciens de la Terre' at the Centre Georges Pompidou. The trip took place in May 1989 and the painting was received with world-wide acclaim.

Twelve years after their creation, having survived the harsh desert elements and school children’s graffiti, the ‘Yuendumu Doors’ were purchased by the South Australian Museum . They were taken away for a long period of restoration and subsequently toured nationally. In 2000 Paddy Sims and Paddy Stewart, the two principle participants, undertook to produce 30 etchings of the original Yuendumu Doors. Under the guidance of Basil Hall, Northern Editions Printmaker (Northern Territory University) they created a folio of prints that was received with great acclaim. It won the 16th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, for works on paper.

From the moment he began painting Paddy Sims’ was revered as one of the greatest of all Warlpiri male artists. His paintings were included in numerous landmark exhibitions.  Amongst them was Dreaming: The Art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, New York, 1988; The Continuing Tradition, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1989; and Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1989.

Profile References

Ryan, Judith, Bardon, Geoff & National Gallery of Victoria. 1989. Mythscapes : Aboriginal art of the desert from the National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria.

Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri - Karnta Jukurrpa (Women Dreaming), 2000

Karnta Jukurrpa (Women Dreaming), 2000
Sold by Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney on 21/07/2004 for $4,320.00
Size: 122 x 77.5 cm

Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri - Walpa Jukurrpa (Wind Dreaming), 1987

Walpa Jukurrpa (Wind Dreaming), 1987
Sold by Lawson~Menzies, Sydney on 31/05/2005 for $3,840.00
Size: 90 x 75 cm

Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri - Ngarlkiri (Witchety Grub) Dreaming at Kunajarrayi (c. 1985)

Ngarlkiri (Witchety Grub) Dreaming at Kunajarrayi (c. 1985)
Sold by Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne on 28/11/1995 for $6,900.00
Size: 153 x 108 cm

Sites

Subjects

Witchetty Grub , Snake , Fire Stick, Women’s Dreamings, Possum, Wind, Stars, Rock Wallaby , Milky Way

Medium

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen and Canvas

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
-
AIAM100 Rating
0.8870
Sold/Offered
31/52
Clearance Rate
60%
Average Price
$3,097
Total Price
$96,011
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
0.0920 0.0940 0.0000 0.0574 0.2629 0.1696 0.2536 0.0000 0.0000 0.0767 0.1800 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.1917
3/4 2/2 0/0 1/2 4/8 3/5 4/4 0/2 0/0 2/5 2/5 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 5/6
$940 $2,208 $0 $3,290 $4,320 $3,197 $4,020 $0 $0 $1,469 $8,100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,470
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2016

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

Yanjilpirri Jukurrpa (Milky Way Dreaming)

sale price: $12,600.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne  lot: 172 date: 26/07/2010
183 x 122 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
2

Warlu Jukurrpa (Fire Stick Dreaming) 1991

sale price: $7,200.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  lot: 142 date: 31/10/2006
181.5 x 90.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
3

Ngarlkiri (Witchety Grub) Dreaming at Kunajarrayi (c. 1985)

sale price: $6,900.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  lot: 650 date: 28/11/1995
153 x 108 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
4

Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa, 2007

sale price: $6,100.00
auction: Deutscher and Hackett , Melbourne  lot: 90 date: 19/10/2016
90 x 181 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
5

Possum Dreaming, 1994

sale price: $4,800.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 12 date: 25/05/2004
122 x 46 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
6

Mens Dreaming, 1998

sale price: $4,800.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 132 date: 23/11/2004
122 x 90 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
7

Burrowing Skink Dreaming 1987

sale price: $4,560.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  lot: 141 date: 31/10/2006
109 x 120 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
8

Karnta Jukurrpa (Women Dreaming), 2000

sale price: $4,320.00
auction: Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney  lot: 110 date: 21/07/2004
122 x 77.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
9

Walpa Jukurrpa (Wind Dreaming), 1987

sale price: $3,840.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 298 date: 31/05/2005
90 x 75 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
10

Warna Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming) 1989

sale price: $3,680.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  lot: 267 date: 30/06/1997
122 x 91.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas

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