Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings, WA
Sotheby's, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 24/06/2002, Lot No. 110
Private Collection, USA
This painting depicts an aspect of the Love Story narrative that became his brother, Clifford Possum’s, leitmotif. It is a tale of incestuous lust and the magical spells cast by an old Tjungurrayi man in order to seduce a woman of the wrong skin. To achieve his illicit end he uses sacred songs and a hairstring spindle made from his own hair and a pair of thin sticks. Overcome by lust he drops the hair string that he is braiding and it scatters like love on the wind. A whirlwind blows in an attempt to destroy his love magic but to no avail. He takes the woman for his own. It is an indiscretion for which he will eventually be punished.
Leura was steeped in ancient lore and, despite his initial reservations, he became one of the four founding members of the Western Desert art movement in 1970. He became invaluable to Geoffrey Bardon as a friend, assistant, and interpreter. A man of whom Bardon wrote ‘he is my dearest and closest friend in the Western Desert’. While today Clifford Possum is the better known of the two ‘brothers’, Tim Leura is recognised as having been Possum’s spiritual mentor and instrumental in the development of Possum’s talent and technique.Share