Trio of Fine Aboriginal Art Paintings

Pintupi Acrylic on Canvas

Item BR143 

This Item was Sold on 1 November 2009 for $3,200

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This item is a lot of 3 very fine Western Desert acrylic on canvas paintings by well known Pintupi Aboriginal artists: Linda Syddick Napaltjarri , Dini Campbell Tjampitjinpa and Mick Namarari Tzapaltjarri. These paintings were purchased in 1993 in Alice Springs from Daphne Williams. The Papuna Tula Artists Pty. catalogue numbers are written on the back of each painting, along with provenance. The Centralian and Western Desert Aborigines are unique in their representation of mythological Dreamtime beings and events in ground paintings and body designs. These paintings are examples of this ancient yet living tradition depicted in modern media. As there exists in the central and western regions a number of distinctive Aboriginal tribles and groups with different languages and dialects, a simplified spelling has been adopted when describing the artists on this web page. The certification sheets for all three paintings will be provided with the paintings at the time of the sale. Please click on the images below to see large photos of each painting.

Item BR143A - Travels of the Tingari Men by Dini Campbell Tjampitjinpa, Pintupi tribe. Painted in 1993. 18 X 15 inches (36 cm X 48 cm). Catalogue Number = DC930409. The artist depicts the travels of mythological Tingari men to Ngami near the Kiwirrkura Community. The central roundel shows a swamp at the site and the other roundels are rockholes. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are secret, no further details were given. Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of their song cycles. The mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

Item BR143B - Death of Father by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, Pintupi tribe. Painted in 1992. 24 X12 inches (61 cm X 31 cm). Catalogue Number = LS921039. Linda Syddick is a Pintupi woman who was born at Lake MacKay in the Gibson Desert, WA, in 1937. Her Aboriginal name is Tjunkiya Wukula Napaltjarri. Linda was raised in the traditional nomadic fashion until the age of eight or nine, when her family walked out of the desert and decided to settle at the Lutheran Mission at Haasts Bluff, NT. In this painting, the artist memorializes the death of her father, Rintja Tjingurrayi, who was speared to death by a revenge spearing party near where the Kintore Community now stands. The artist's father was the brother of Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi, one of the founding artists of the Papunya Tula movement. After the death of her father, she was raised by Shorty. Linda often incorporates religion in her works. Linda often paints the Dreaming story of the Tingari and the Emu Men. The Emu Men were ancestral beings who roamed the landscape during the Dreamtime or Creation Period. The Emu was the totem of her father, Rintje Tjungurrayi and step father, Langkata Shorty Tjungurrayi. The Tingari were ancestral spirit beings, who went on very long journeys, creating much of the desert landscape in Central Australia, and instructing the people about law and custom. Linda har married Christianity and Aboriginality with her work often depicted the transition of ancestral beings from heaven to earth. Her work has been a finalist in the Blake Prize, and her work is included in the collections of the National Art Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Araluen Art Centre, Art Gallery of NSW, and the Brendt Museum of Anthropology WA.

Item BR143C - Sandhills by Mick Namarari Tzapaltjarri, Pintupi tribe. Painted in 1992. 18 X 15 inches (46 cm X 38 cm). Catalogue Number = MN930339. The straight lines in this painting represent the sandhills on the country to the south-east of the Kintore Community. The artist's birthplace, the rockhole site of Marnpi, is situated among these sandhills. Another major rockhole site in this area is Tjutiyannu which is just to the south-west of Marnpi.

These paintings will need to be packed well before shipping, especially to an international destination. Please ask for a quotation on shipping charges before purchasing this item. All three paintings are to be sold together. The price listed is the price for all 3 paintings. It was difficult for me to determine a starting price for these 3 paintings. They are all 15+ years old and were painted by rather well known Aboriginal artists. eBay item #110175706819 was a single, rather recent, painting by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri and it was listed for $8000 AD. The three paintings in this sale are all much older and therefore more valuable. The starting price for these three paintings is $10,000 USD and this price will be continually reduced until the paintings sell.

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