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Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri

(Australia circa 1926 – 16 Aug 1998)

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Untitled (Dingo dreaming at Nyunmanu)
Place of origin
Walungurru (Kintore)Northern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas

120.9 x 152.0 x 2.9 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1999
Accession number
© Estate of Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Not on display
Further information

This painting depicts designs associated with the dingo dreaming at the soakage water site of Nyunmanu, south east of Kintore community.

A mother dingo left her pups to go hunting. While she was gone the pups set about digging holes to escape the heat. At some stage a large group of ceremonial men passed this way and on seeing the pups grabbed them and carried them away far to the north. On her return the mother dingo cried and cried.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 1999

Bibliography (3)

Hetti Perkins, Education Kit - Papunya Tula: genesis and genius, 'Styles - iconographic and mimimal', pg. 10-11, Sydney, 2000, 11 (colour illus.).

John Kean, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri', pg. 148, Sydney, 2004, 148 (colour illus.).

Hetti Perkins and Hannah Fink (Editors), Papunya Tula: genesis and genius, Sydney, 2000, 149 (colour illus.), 283. no catalogue number

Exhibition history (2)

Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Aug 2000–12 Nov 2000

Papunya Tula, Ala Mazzoniana Stazione Termini, Rome