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Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Tingari - 1993

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 61.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,050.00

MP #739


Papunya Tula Artists NT, Cat. No. WT931160
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 5221
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. He commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1987. The following year, he had his first solo exhibition at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne.


This painting depicts designs associated with the Tingari site of Wilkinkarra (lake Mackay). A group of Tingari women rested here before continuing their journey to Munga Munga.

The Tingari Cycle is a secret song cycle sacred to initiated men and women. 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.