1992/0278 Moon dreaming

Moon dreaming

Artist

Mick Namarari TJAPALTJARRI
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1927
 in
Marnpi, Northern Territory
Death:
1998
 in
Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Moon dreaming
Date
1978
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on composition board
Dimensions
47.5 x 61.5 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1992
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1992/0278
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightMick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was born in sandhill country at Marnpi (Bronzewing Pigeon) rockhole, south-west of Mount Rennie Bore in the Northern Territory. After the tragic death of his father and mother, he was cared for by other family members, whom Norman Tindale records meeting in 1932, when Mick Namarari was a 'little child', at Putarti Spring, south-west of Mount Leibig. Subsequently, he attended Hermannsburg Mission until he was eleven years old. He worked in the cattle industry, and became a founding member of Papunya Tula Artists when he was already serving as a member of the Papunya Council. He travelled to Sydney for the production of Geoffrey Bardon's Mick and the Moon (1978), a documentary about the artist and his work. Tjapaltjarri later moved to Walungurru and then set up an outstation at Nyunmanu, located to its south-east towards Marnpi. His paintings since the 1970s have expanded upon the key formal elements found in his earliest works to develop the aesthetic potential of his many and diverse subjects. (Perkins and Fink, Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, 2000)

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