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Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri

Rockholes at Patantjanya - 2002

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
152.0 x 121.5 cm
Price Realised: $6,600.00

MP #700


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. No. MG0203268
Private Collection, SA


accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists

Morris Gibson is the eldest son of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and Ningura Napurrula, who are both important Papunya Tula artists. He departed Papunya for Kintore with his family in 1981 and created his first paintings for Papunya Tula Artists in 1994.


In this work, he depicts designs associated with the rockhole and spring water site of Patantjanya, south-west of Lake McDonald. In mythological times, a group of Tingari men travelled underground from this site to Kulkuta. Two Kuniya (pythons) travelled with the men. 


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 associated with Dreaming sites. The Tingari ancestors 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 paintings relating to the songs (of the people) and creation stories (of places) in Pintupi mythology.