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An image of Kaliangku by Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles Tjapaltjarri

Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles Tjapaltjarri

(Australia 01 Jan 1944 – 16 Feb 2010)

Language group
Ngaanyatjarra, Southern Desert region
Place of origin
East Gibson DesertWestern AustraliaAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

101.6 x 152.6 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2005
Accession number
© Estate of Jackie Kurltjunyhintja Giles Tjapaltjarri. Courtesy of Kayili artists. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

The Kayili Artists documentation for the work states:

"Kaliangku is a large freshwater claypan north-west of Patjarr. This painting depicts the coming of big rains from the north-west around Beagle Bay, south of Broome, filling up the claypans and the rivers of the Gibson Desert, 'like the sea'. Another claypan near Tjukurrla called Wananpa also fills. One rockhole called Nginga, a special site associated with rain and rainmaking is also shown."

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Bibliography (2)

Hetti Perkins, Art + soul: a journey into the world of Aboriginal art, 'Dreams + nightmares', pg. 88-153, Carlton, 2010, 112 (colour illus.), 113 (colour illus.), 280. Giles Tjapaltjarri pictured in front of work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, August, 2009.

Jill Sykes, Look, 'art + soul: bringing remote cultural riches to a gallery or screen near you', pg. 28-31, Newtown, Sep 2010, 29 (colour illus.), 271-272.

Exhibition history (1)

Senior artists from the communities of Blackstone and Patjarr, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Waterloo, 29 Oct 2005–19 Nov 2005