Tingari Cycle at Tjuwal

Anatjari Tjampitjinpa, Anatjari Tjakamarra1989

Museums Victoria

Museums Victoria

Anatjari Tjamptjinpa's painting is a 'classic' depiction of a Tingari cycle relating to his traditional lands. The Tingari were a group of ancestral men and ceremonial novices who travelled across the land during the 'dreamtime'. As they travelled they created a set of major geographical sites that can still be seen in Pintupi country today. They also performed and witnessed sacred-secret ceremonies and engaged in ordinary day-to-day activities. This painting celebrates events that took place at one of the these sites, Tjuwal.

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  • Title: Tingari Cycle at Tjuwal
  • Date Created: 1989
  • Physical Dimensions: w1220 x h1535 mm
  • Type: Object
  • Rights: Copyright: Anatjari Tjampitjinpa. Source: Museum Victoria. Indigenous or Cultural Rights Apply, Copyright not held by Museum Victoria: Request Permission. Museum Victoria: Anatjari Tjampitjinpa. Indigenous or Cultural Rights apply
  • External Link: Museum Victoria
  • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Subject: Aboriginal art
  • Artist Information: Anatjari Tjamptjinpa, a member of the Pintupi group, was born circa 1927, east of Puntujarrpa in a remote location near the Northern Territory and Western Australian border. He first encountered Europeans in 1963 when was in his late 30s, and in the following year, he and his family travelled with the Northern Territory Welfare Branch patrol officer, Jeremy Long, into Papunya where stayed for several years. He later moved to various outstations west of Papunya including Yayai, Inyilingi, and Mt. Liebig. He finally settled at Kiwirrkurra, close to his original home in the early 1980s. Anatjari started painting in the late 1970s and like many other Pintupi men became a prolific painter through his membership of Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd. His work is represented in a number of major Australian cultural institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, South Australian Museum, National Gallery of Victoria and the University of Western Australia Anthropology Museum.
  • Artist: Anatjari Tjampitjinpa