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Timmy Payungka Tjapangati

Tingari - 1993

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
125.0 x 94.0 cm
Price Realised: $6,710.00

MP #737


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. No. TP931277
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 3681
Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings and a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists

Timmy Payungka was one of the original group of artists who began painting for Geoff Bardon in 1971. Bardon always suspected Timmy to be a Kadaitcha Man, a secret enforcer of tribal law, because of his knowledge and apparent ease when broaching the most feared stories. In subsequent travels in the company of Dick Kimber, Payungka proved to be an exceptional tracker, with an extensive knowledge of his country. During the early days of painting at Papunya, he was inclined to paint unrestrained imagery including an occasional mix of stylised ceremonial figures, animals and simplified objects such as headpieces and bullroarers, only partly disguised among more abstract designs.


However from the early 1980s onward, he increasingly removed representational motifs from his paintings and became more focused on Pintupi male conventions akin to formal abstraction. He joined the move to Kintore in 1981 and lived with Uta Uta and John John Bennett 30 km from the community until the establishment of Kiwirrkurra, where he settled until the early 1990s. His paintings emanate a subtle power and physical presence in keeping with his powerful ritual authority and deep traditional knowledge.

This painting depicts a large group of Tingari Men travelling from Balgo to Lanta Lanta, which is on the northern side of Lake Mackay.

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. They 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.