Tingari dreaming at Mitukatjirri
The painting depicts the Tingari story at Mitukatja, a cave with many waterholes nearby. Creation legends often related to eater sources hidden in the desert. By learning the stories, young men became familiar with vital water supplies. The painting shows a group of Tingari Men and Women coming north from Pitjantajara country south of Alice Springs. In the centre is the cave, with sacred poles radiating from it. Other circles represent people sitting around waterholes. Two wooden bowls, women's rope and different types of food are also portrayed.
Curatorial insightThe artist was one of the original Papunya Tula artists who began the new painting movement in the early 1970s with the encouragement and support of Geoff Bardon. Tjungurrayi moved away from Papunya in the 1980s and lived at a small outstation on the traditional land for which he was the senior custodian. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)