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Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi

Tingari - 1983

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 92.0 cm
Price Realised: $5,000.00

MP #189


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. YY830222
Roar Galleries, Vic, June 1983
Private Collection, Vic
Private Collection, Qld


Gabrielle Pizzi at Roar Galleries, Vic, June 1983
Fireworks Gallery, Qld, 2017

The paintings depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Umari, situated in sandhill country, east of Mt. Webb in Western Australia.


The Tingari Cycle is a secret song cycle sacred to initiated men. The Tingari are Dreamtime beings who travelled across the landscape performing ceremonies to create and shape the country. They gathered at these sites for Maliera (initiation) ceremonies. The sites take the form of, and are located at, significant rockholes, sand hills, sacred mountains and water soakages in the Western Desert.

Tingari may be poetically interpreted as song-line paintingss relating to the songs of the people and creation stories of places in Pintupi mythology.