1988/0185 Tipungwuti finds the Nyingawi

Tipungwuti finds the Nyingawi

Artist

Bede (Ampuruwaiuah) TUTUULUM
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1952
 in
Nguiu, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Tipungwuti finds the Nyingawi
Date
1988
Medium/Material
ochre and synthetic polymer paint on canvas on plywood
Dimensions
160.6 x 110.2cm (sight) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1988
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1988/0185
Currently not on display

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In this painting Tungutalum continued to extend his earlier use of figurative idioms and hand-painted Tiwi design elements. The figures are a narrative rendition of a traditional story of warfare between ancestral inhabitants of Bathurst Island, the artists home. The island's art traditions are substantially non-figurative; however nearly two decades' experience as a screen printer enabled the artist to develop a distinctive figurative approach. In the two years prior to the purchase of this piece, Tungutalum had increasingly turned to direct painting, with iconic central figures - fish and other animals - dominating the canvas.

Curatorial insightIn this painting Tutuulum continued to extend his earlier use of figurative idioms and hand-painted Tiwi design elements. The figures are a narrative rendition of a traditional story of warfare between ancestral inhabitants of Bathurst Island, the artist’s home. The island's art traditions are substantially non-figurative; however nearly two decades' experience as a screen printer enabled the artist to develop a distinctive figurative approach. In the two years prior to the purchase of this piece, Tutuulum had increasingly turned to direct painting, with iconic central figures - fish and other animals - dominating the canvas. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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