1989/0007 Two men at Wilkinkarra

Two men at Wilkinkarra

Artist

Long Jack Phillipus TJAKAMARRA
Indigenous

Artwork

Title
Two men at Wilkinkarra
Date
1974
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer on canvas
Dimensions
124 x 78cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of The Rothmans Foundation, 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0007
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightIndigenous spiritual belief systems relate how, in the Dreaming, men and women were created separately and lived for a long period in their separate groups. It was during this time that men and women developed distinctive characteristics and patterns of behaviour. The spear used by Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra is a basic symbol for the male and his way of life. In this painting it can be seen decorating the places where the legendary heroes held corroborees. The U-shapes represent the men in camp, straight lines their spears and the circles camp fires. Other symbols signify bush food and male body decorations. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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