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An image of Tingari Story by Willy Tjungurrayi

Willy Tjungurrayi

(Australia circa 1936 – )

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Tingari Story
Place of origin
Walungurru (Kintore)Northern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas

242.5 x 362.5 cm x 4 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1993
Accession number
© Willy Tjungurrayi. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

This work depicts the travels of the Tingari, a group of ancestor beings, who travelled over vast stretches of the country performing rituals and creating and shaping sites. The Tingari Men were usually accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of post-initiate youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs. The Tingari ceremonies are of a secret nature and no further information was given by the artist. Willy Tjungurrayi has included a vast array of sites in this work, probably around his country in the region of Lake McDonald. In Mythological times, a large group of Tingari Men made camp at Lake McDonald during their journeying from the Peterman Range towards Kintore.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 1993

Bibliography (11)

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Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art', pg. 208-241, Sydney, 1999, 227 (colour illus.).

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Hetti Perkins and Ken Watson, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999.

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Exhibition history (5)

Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997

A material thing - Objects from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Aug 1998–09 Feb 1999

Another Country, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–02 Apr 2000

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

Colliding worlds: First contact in the Western Desert 1930-1984: