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Billy Nolan Tjapangati

Tingari Dreaming - 2003

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
46.0 x 152.0 cm
Price Realised: $11,590.00

MP #720


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat Nos. 9288, 9287, 9286
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings for each artwork and images of the artist creating the artworks

Each artwork is sized at: 46 x 152 cm

Born at Nyinna Nyinna near Docker River, Billy grew up traversing the vast reaches of Pintupi territory across the WA border. He came east by donkey in one of the early Pintupi migrations. He had observed the painting group at West Camp for many years before taking up painting himself in the mid ’70s at 30 years of age.


The Tingarri song and dance cycles are amongst the most secret and sacred of the deeply religious rituals of the Western Desert tribes of Central Australia. In the Dreamtime a group of old men moved continuously from waterhole to waterhole throughout the Western Desert. They were accompanied by novices and initiated men who were still undergoing ceremonies of instruction at various sites.

The song and dance cycles that accompany these rituals consist of hundreds of stanzas and relate the travels and adventures of the Tingarri,their creation of sacred sites and fertility rites, and the significance of their body designs and decorations. In this work Billy Nolan has depicted a series of sites associated with the Tingari in his own personal style.