1989/0023 The flying snake men

The flying snake men

Artist

Billy Stockman TJAPALTJARRI
Indigenous

Artwork

Title
The flying snake men
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer on particle board
Dimensions
79.0cm x 61.0cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of The Rothmans Foundation, 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0023
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightBorn at Ilpitirri near Mount Denison, Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri survived the Coniston massacre of 1928. He was raised in the family of his mother's sister, who was Clifford Possum and Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri's mother, and he grew up at Napperby Station and Aileron. As his name suggests, he worked as a stockman at Napperby Station. Being one of the men who painted the Honey Ant Dreaming mural on a wall of the Papunya Special School in 1971, Billy Stockman was present at the very genesis of the Papunya Tula art movement. (Perkins and Fink, Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, 2000)

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