Wirrilpi, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
Patrick Olodoodi Tjungurrayi
circa 1935 -
In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.
The art centre documentation for this work states:
This etching depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Wirrilpinya, south-west of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. This is the artist's father's country. In ancestral times a group of Tingari men camped at this site before travelling east to the rockhole site of Ngarru. The lines running through the etching represent the tracks of the men as they passed between the sandhills, while also representing body paint worn by men during ceremonies. This ancestral story forms part of the Tingari song cycle.
Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.
etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "PtRPK". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Not on display
© Patrick Olodoodiu Tjungurrayi. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney