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Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Wanampi Dreaming at Wikinkarra - 1996

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
61.0 x 91.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,660.00

MP #738


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. No. WT960809
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 5845
Ebes Collection, Vic


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

Warlimpirrnga had been living west of Lake Mackay before his small family group walked into the Pintupi community of Kiwirrkurra, 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 Bluff and Papunya. They later returned to outstations closer to their homelands after the establishment of Kintore and Kiwirrkurra in the far reaches of the Western Desert. 


Warlimpirrnga commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1987. The following year, he had his first solo exhibition at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi  in Melbourne. 


In this atypical work he depicts the Wanampi (Snake) Dreaming at the site of Wikinkarra (Lake Mackay). There is a rockhole situated in the centre of the lake where the snake lives. The snake ancestors travelled underground from Lake Mackay to Watanuma, Pinari and finally south-east to Ayers Rock (Uluru). The roundels depict the various sites the snakes visited on their journey to the west.