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Gala Preview | Thursday 22nd November 2019 | 6 - 8 pm

Viewing | Friday 23rd to Monday 26th November 2018 | 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 27th November 2018 | 10am - 2pm


Auction | Tuesday 27th November 2019 | 7pm Start


Location | 326 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW, 2021

P | (02) 8057 6789     E |





Welcome to the second 2018 Cooee Art MarketPlace Aboriginal Fine Art offering. To be held on November 27th this multi-vendor auction features 88 works from 43 private collections in Australia and overseas. The estimated sale value is $1.0 - $1.2 million. The sale includes a number of highly significant works including paintings by the three artists who are credited as having initiated the Western Desert Art movement – clan brother’s Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, and their ‘brother in arms’ Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa


Tim Leura and Clifford Possum grew up in the same house under the sharp eye of Tim’s father, One Pound Jimmy Tjungarrayi and shared the country around Mount Allan and Napperby Cattle Stations. Both men were highly educated in the tribal customs and rituals of the region. 


Works by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri are rare due to his premature death (in 1984) at the dawn of the contemporary movement and his cultural cache amongst museums and collecting institutions. Yet no less than 3 of his works will be offered in this sale and each are exceptional in their own right. The highlight is Untitled (Rainmaker Bird Ceremony), 1972 (Lot 42). It is the prototype for brother Clifford’s Emu Coroboree Man, painted in February 1972, the first painting created by Possum in the Papunya shed specifically for Bardon. (sold Sotheby’s July 2005, $411,750). Tim Leura often created motifs, compositions and graphic elements that Clifford in turn used in his own work - Leura taking on the role of creative director and Possum following up with a stronger and more conceptual graphic representation. This extraordinary early board carries a presale estimate of $80,000-100,000.



Another painting by Leura depicts an aspect of the story that became Possum’s leitmotif. Love Story, 1979 (Lot 39)(Est. $30,000-40,000) will be offered along with a magnificent rendition of the story by Clifford Possum himself.

Possum's Love Story at Ngarlu, 1991 (Lot 49) was illustrated lavishly with an extensive explanation of the iconography in Dr. Vivien Johnson’s monograph, The Art of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1994, and has traveled extensively in Europe and North America. This tale of incestuous lust and the magical spells cast by an old Tjungurrayi man in order to seduce a woman of the wrong skin, is estimated at $80,000-120,000.




Rainbow Storm Dreaming, 1971 (Lot 38) by the third founding artist Kaapa Tjampitjinpa is an interesting formalisation of the component elements of the Water Dreaming that include men in caves, rain, clouds, rainbow, running water, waterholes and underground water. This rare board was only recently ‘discovered’ amongst an assorted collection of bric-a-brac in a garage sale in far north Queensland and authenticated following close examination by conservators.  Estimated at just $14,000-18,000 it could be the ‘find’ of the sale.


Amongst the many other fascinating and highly collectable works in this sale are a very early West Kimberley board painted in ochre and gum resin depicting a ceremony by Jarinyanu David Downs (Lot 31) carrying an estimate of $25,000-35,000, a beautiful rendition of Rainbow Jowie - Lake Billiluna by East Kimberley master Rover Thomas (Lot 35) (Est $50,000-60,000); and a number of fine works by Emily Kame Kngwarreye.


Cooee Art MarketPlace charges buyers just 15% commission compared to 25% through other auction houses. Owned by Cooee Art, Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous fine art gallery, its specialist resources have taken decades to build and are available free of charge to both sellers and potential buyers. You can discover a wealth of information on all of the major artists whose works are included in this catalogue on our Cooee Art website.

We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in person in the lead up to the auction.

Best regards,

Adrian Newstead OAM




1 | Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Untitled (Rainmaker Bird Ceremony), 1972, powder pigment on composition board,

91.5 x 60.5 cm, EST. $80,000-100,000, Lot #42

2 | Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Love Story at Ngarlu, 1991, synthetic polymer paint on Begian linen,

152.5 x 122 cm, EST. $80,000-120,000, Lot #49

3 | Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa, Rainbow Strom Dreaming, 1971, poster paint with PVA glue on composition board,

47 x 65 cm, EST. $14,000-$18,000, Lot #38

4 | Jarinyanu David Downs, Untitled - Wakaya Ceremony, c.1983, natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on composition board,199 x 120 cm, EST. $25,000-35,000, Lot #31


Short Video on Lot #31 Jarinyanu David Downs


Emily Kame Kngwarreye

AIAM Rank 1 AIAM Rating 37.3548

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

AIAM Rank 5 AIAM Rating 13.6954

Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

AIAM Rank 21 AIAM Rating 5.8022

Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri

AIAM Rank 30 AIAM Rating 5.0649

Jarinyanu David Downs

AIAM Rank 80 AIAM Rating 2.2385
Rainbow Storm Dreaming by Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa
Rainbow Storm Dreaming - 1971
Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

47.0 x 65.0 cm
MP #257

Rainbow Jowie - Lake Billiluna by Rover (Julama) Thomas
Rainbow Jowie - Lake Billiluna - 1995
Rover (Julama) Thomas 9

205.0 x 101.0 cm
MP #286

Love Story at Ngarlu by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Love Story at Ngarlu - 1991
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri 3

152.5 x 122.0 cm
MP #287

Emu Ceremonial Dreaming by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri
Emu Ceremonial Dreaming - 1972
Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri 1

91.5 x 60.5 cm
MP #288

Untitled - Wakaya Ceremony by Jarinyanu David Downs
Untitled - Wakaya Ceremony - c.1983
Jarinyanu David Downs

119.0 x 120.0 cm
MP #309

Owls at Tunnel Creek by Rover (Julama) Thomas
Owls at Tunnel Creek - 1984
Rover (Julama) Thomas 9

120.0 x 47.0 cm
MP #317