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Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula

Men’s Initiation Ceremony - 1982

synthetic polymer paint on canvas board
30.5 x 61.0 cm
Price Realised: $5,040.00

MP #786


Provenance

Field Collected, NT
Private Collection, NT
The Anne and Adrian Newstead Collection, NSW

Exhibited

Black Art White Walls – The Anne and Adrian Newstead Collection
2014-2016, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery,
Moree Plains Gallery, Burrinja Gallery, Counihan Gallery, Caloundra Regional Gallery.

O Tempo Dos Sonhos – The Time of Dreaming
CAIXA Cultural do Brazil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Curatiba, Salvador, Recife and Fortaleza; Casa de Fiat, Bello Horizonte.

Reference

O Tempo Dos Sonhos – The Time of Dreaming, CAIXA Cultural do Brazil

Artwork Size: 30.5 x 61 cm

Frame Size: 43 x 74 cm

Turkey Tolson was born about 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.

 

The symbols in this work depict a sacred men’s initiation ceremony. The dance boards show sites with water dreaming images, including parallel lines representing clouds. Men seated in pairs face each other with stone knives, spears and woomera at their sides.