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Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri

Kungka Kutjara Playing Love Magic Game (Munni Munni) at Ykalke - 1995

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
91.0 x 122.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,416.00

MP #751


Field Collected by Paul Walsh, NT Cat. No. 100495MN
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 4951
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic

accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings and a photo of the artist with the artwork

Mick Namarari was born in sandhill country at Marnpi Rockhole south-west of the Mount Rennie Bore and was initiated in the Areyonga region. He worked in the cattle industry until he settled at Papunya, and was 45 years of age when, in 1971, he began painting under the guidance of Geoffrey Bardon as one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists.


During the late 1980s and 1990s, Namarari created late career works which were heralded as 'ethereal minimalism' and in doing so significantly fueled the international reputation of Australian Aboriginal art, thereby earning himself an ‘incomparable place’ in Australian art history.

Namarari was awarded the National Aboriginal Art Award in 1991 and, in 1994, was a recipient of the Australia Council's prestigious Red Ochre Award.