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Title

Tingari


Artist

Fred Ward Tjungurrayi

Australia

circa 1948 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region


About

Fred Ward Tjungurrayi was born at Purkitjarra (east of Kiwirrkura) and came in to Warburton in the 1960s. In August 1987 he returned to Kiwirrkura and began painting for Papunya Tula Artists, achieving great prominence in a relatively short period of time. His first exhibition was held late in 1987 and in 1989 he won the Northern Territory Art Award. For a period of roughly ten years Tjungurrayi did not paint, as he moved away from the reach of Papunya Tula Artists and did not have ready access to materials and infrastructure, until the establishment of Kayili Artists at Patjarr in 2004.

Tjungurrayi is one of the leading artists working at Patjarr recognised for his bold depictions of the Tingari, as seen in 'Tingari' 2012. Tjungurrayi has said of this work:
'The Tingari people, men, women and children travelled north through Wirrintjunku, Pukaritjarra, Tarkal, Nyun and Kirritj as they moved forward to Tjukurla, Tingari song cycles depict the route of people who travelled from the sea near Port Hedland to the northern part of the central desert. It also refers to the route and the people who followed that route'.


Details


Date

2012


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock on paper


Edition

10/15


Dimensions

106.5 x 75.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

109.2014


Artist information

Fred Ward Tjungurrayi

Works in the collection

2