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Anatjari No. I Tjampitjinpa

Tingari - 1994

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 91.5 cm
EST. $7,000 - $9,000

MP #703


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 4097
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings

Anatjari Tjampitjinpa was not a prolific artist. Having begun to paint in earnest in the mid 1970s, he continued when, along with many Pintupi, he returned to his ancestral lands in the 1980’s following a change of federal government policy. He painted for Papunya Tula Artists throughout the 1980s and remained a consistent and dedicated painter into the mid 1990s by which time he had become frail. Because he moved throughout his life between the various Pintupi settlements as far north as Balgo Hills, he was instrumental in spreading information about the new acrylic painting amongst artists in places distant from Papunya, where it all began.


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.