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Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Tingari site west of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) - c.2010

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122 x 210 cm
Price Realised: $29,280.00

MP #681


Aboriginal Australia Art and Culture, NT Cat No.AS05
Private Collection, NT

Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Paul Ah Chee Ngala Aboriginal Australia Art and Culture and a series of photos of the artist painting the artwork


Cf. For a comparable work see Perkins, H. and H. Fink (eds), Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with Papunya Tula Artists, 2000, illus. p. 102

Warlimpirrnga had been living west of Lake Mackay before his small family group walked into the Pintupi community of Kiwirrkura, where their relatives lived, in 1984. Prior to that, they had had no contact with European Australians, though they were aware of their presence. His Pintupi relatives had almost all been brought out of the Gibson Desert decades earlier by the infamous 'Pintupi Patrols', forcing them to settle in Haasts and Papunya. He commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1987. The following year, he had his first solo exhibition at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne.

This dynamic work was created for the Arrernte traditional owner and singer/songwriter Paul Ah Chee Ngala, then a director of the Alice Springs Desert Park. Like many other Western Desert paintings, the work is a topographical aerial view of ancestral lands. The Tingari beings arrived at this site west of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) from the west, travelling beneath the earth's surface to create the ridges and windswept sandhills that unfold pulsating and radiating across the canvas. Waves of sand ridges and dunes are depicted by constructing a matrix of parallel meandering and zigzagging lines. These are the same as those incised into traditional ceremonial objects, including hair pins, boomerangs, and shields made by senior artisans amongst desert peoples.