1989/0015 The Winparrku serpents

The Winparrku serpents

Artist

Kaapa TJAMPITJINPA
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1920
 in
Lurumbu, Napperby Station, Northern Territory
Death:
1989
 in
Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
The Winparrku serpents
Date
1974
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer on canvas on board
Dimensions
124 x 78 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of The Rothmans Foundation, 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0015
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightBorn and initiated at Napperby Station, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa worked as a stockman at Mount Riddock Station. He moved to Haasts Bluff, where he worked at the government cattle station, and migrated to Papunya in the early 1960s, though he had been there during the late 1950s while construction of the settlement was in progress. Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri recalled that he, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa and Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, all cousins, had been painting before Geoffrey Bardon arrived at Papunya. Assisted by Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra and Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, Tjampitjinpa became the principal adviser and artist in the painting of the Honey Ant Dreaming mural on the Papunya School wall. His painting Gulgardi 1971 shared first prize in the Caltex Art Award, the first public recognition any Papunya artist had received for [their] work. Tjampitjinpa was chosen as the first chairman of Papunya Tula Artists when it was established in 1972. Many of his paintings demonstrate what has been referred to as characteristic 'Anmatyerre symmetry'. (Perkins and Fink, Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, 2000)

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