1989/0030 Sacred objects in the dreamtime

Sacred objects in the dreamtime

Artist

Shorty Lungkutja TJUNGURRAYI
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1920
 in
Northern Territory
Death:
1987
 in
Australia

Artwork

Title
Sacred objects in the dreamtime
Date
1973
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on particle board
Dimensions
122 x 91.5cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of The Rothmans Foundation, 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0030
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightBorn at Walukuritji, south of Lake MacDonald, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi probably arrived at Haasts Bluff about 1948. He was one of the last artists to join as a founding member of the Papunya painting group. A great hunter, Tjungurrayi was considered one of the most senior men in the Pintupi community at Papunya, renowned for his ritual authority and his dancing. He accompanied Nosepeg Tjupurrula on expeditions guiding film crews. He moved to Walungurru in the early 1980s in order to be close to his country. Tjungurrayi raised the artist Linda Syddick Napaltjarri after her father Musty Siddick died. She gained valuable painting experience by assisting him with his work. (Perkins and Fink, Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, 2000)

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