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Wingu Tingima

Watiku Ngankurpa - 2008

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
198.0 x 118.0 cm
Price Realised: $4,000.00

MP #336


Irrunytju Arts, WA Cat No. IRR081292
Agathon Gallery, NSW Cat No. AGWT0308080032
Tineriba Tribal Gallery, SA
Private Collection, SA
Cooee Art, NSW

Wingu was born at Nyumun rockhole, in the Western Desert of Western Australia. As a young woman she travelled by foot with her mother and father to the mission at Ernabella, but returned to the desert in her later years, She lived at Nyaparti in South Australia and Irruntyju in Western Australia, spending time with her two families. 


Wingu was a respected senior woman with much cultural knowledge, and painted the Tjukurpa associated with her country. The place of her birth is a sacred men's place called Walawuru Tjukurpa - Eagle Creation Story, which she could paint, but not talk about. The majority of her paintings are from the Kunkarrakalpa Tjukrupa (Seven Sisters creation story). Kuru Ala, one of the major sites she depicts is an important and sacred women's place.