Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. No. TJ820824
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 7115
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic
Bears further Cat No. PT/30 NIWRI from unknown source
accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings
John Kipara was born and grew up near Kulkuta, north of the present-day community of Kiwirrkurra. He spent his youth in salt lake country, south-west of Lake Macdonald. His family had been one of the first groups to be re-settled at Papunya in the early 1960s.
Shortly after arriving, he joined Anatjari Tjakamarra, Yala Yala Gibbs and Freddy West as a farm labourer and later became a founding member of the artist group that coalesced around Geoff Bardon in 1971.
From the outset, John embraced the stories and designs of the Tingari ceremony and ancestors, becoming one of the mainstays amongst the Pintupi artists who produced this ‘classic’ iconography. His works of art were always simple yet powerful in their composition and executed in earthy ochre tones.
The five-circle grids were linked by travelling lines from concentric circle to circle, reflecting the multiplicity of relationships between the land, the people and their spiritual ancestors.
In 1981, John Kipara joined the group of 300 men, women, and children who moved back to his Pintupi homelands to establish the community of Kintore. With the proceeds from his art sales, he lived and worked at Walungurru, though by the mid 1980 he had lost interest in painting altogether.
John Tjakamarra’s legacy lies in the classic Pintupi Tingari paintings he produced over a period of 25 years. Having grown to adulthood prior to contact and enduring only a short period of resettlement, John Kipara Tjakamarra spent the remainder of his life at his small outstation where he died in 2002 at seventy-two years of age, in the company of his immediate family.Share