Untitled (Jupiter Well to Tjukula)
Uta Uta Tjangala was a gardener at Papunya when he became one of the original group of artists who began painting in 1971. Tjangala is regarded as one of the Pintupi 'masters' who began with small-scale paintings on board, and moved on to painting canvases on a vast scale, as in 'Untitled (Jupiter Well to Tjukula)' 1979. It is an indication of his seniority and ability as an artist that Tjangala was commissioned to create a work of this size so early in the history of Papunya Tula painting. Based on the Tingari cycles of ceremonies, the work depicts ancestral activities over a vast area of the Western Desert and may be seen as a longing for home at a time when Tjangala and many other Pintupi leaders were advocating for the establishment of homelands in their traditional country. This dream was realised with the establishment of Walungurru (Kintore) in 1981 and Kiwirrkura in 1983, which service numerous outstations throughout Pintupi country.
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
230.0 x 380.0 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 2004
© Estate of Uta Uta Tjangala. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Aratjara: art of the first Australians:
- Stiftung Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 23 Apr 1993–04 Jul 1993
- Hayward Gallery, London 23 Jul 1993–10 Oct 1993
- Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark 11 Feb 1994–23 May 1994
Colliding worlds: First contact in the Western Desert 1930-1984:
Referenced in 5 publications
Craig Bush, Look, 'Years of enrichment: The society reaches another milestone', pg. 12-15, Sydney, May 2009, 15 (colour illus.).
John Kean, Colliding worlds: first contact in the Western Desert 1932-1984, 'A big canvas: mobilising Pintupi painting', pg. 46-52, Melbourne, 2006, 45 (colour illus.), 46, 51, 56.
Hetti Perkins, Art + soul: a journey into the world of Aboriginal art, 'Home + away', pg. 1-86, Carlton, 2010, 18-19 (colour illus.), 20, 278.
Wayne Tunnicliffe and Deborah Edwards, Look, ‘New Australia’, pg. 24-27, Sydney, May 2012, 26.
Stephen Weeks, Greg Hilty and Thomas Hauffe (Editors), Aratjara: art of the first Australians, Dusseldorf, 1993, 259 (colour illus.), 347. cat.no. 105