1989/0027 Tingari dreaming at Mitukatjirri

Tingari dreaming at Mitukatjirri

Artist

Charlie Tararu TJUNGARRAYI
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1920
 in
Northern Territory
Death:
1999
 in
Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Tingari dreaming at Mitukatjirri
Date
1973
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on board
Dimensions
122 x 92.5cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of The Rothmans Foundation, 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0027
Currently not on display

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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)

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