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Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula

Two Women Dreaming - Tingari Site - 1995

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
91.0 x 122.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,172.00

MP #759


Field Collected by Paul Walsh, NT Cat. No. 100495TT
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 4954
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic

accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings

Turkey Tolson was born eight kilometres east of Haasts Bluff in the early 1940s. After years working in the Haasts Bluff stock camp droving cattle to Mount Leibig, he underwent initiation into manhood. The family then moved to the Papunya settlement, where Turkey worked as a construction labourer and in the communal kitchen. In 1961 he married and moved with his young family to an outstation west of Papunya. After his first wife’s untimely death, he remarried at Papunya, where he lived during the early years of the painting movement. He joined Papunya Tula artists as one of its youngest members and painted his earliest artworks for Geoff Bardon in 1972.


This work is symbolic in its representation of a site that was visited/created during the journeys of ancestral men and women that is part of Tingari mythology. Details of the ceremonies and rituals pertaining to these sites are the preserve of a select few highly initiated elders.