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An image of Untitled (Site of Yunala) by Ray James Tjangala

Ray James Tjangala

(Australia circa 1958 – )

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Untitled (Site of Yunala)
Place of origin
Central and Western DesertNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas

121.5 x 151.5 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2000
Accession number
© Ray James Tjangala. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

Ray James Tjangala's 'Untitled (Site of Yunala)' 1999 depicts designs associated with Yunala, west of Kiwirrkura community. In the past a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before continuing their travels further east to Pinari, north of Kintore. While in this area they gathered the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear (Marsdenia australis) that is plentiful in the region.

Ray James Tjangala is the son of Anatjari Tjampitjinpa one of the original Papunya Tula artists and brother of artist George Yapa Yapa Tjangala. Ray James spent a lot of time with Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi whose influence is apparent.

'Untitled (Site of Yunala)' 1999 is Ray James Tjangala's definitive work of this story. He stopped painting this subject as he considers it "too dangerous" to paint.

Ray James is one of the younger generation of artists and lives at Kiwirrkura. He has demonstrated a highly developed style, possibly a result of the influence of his elders.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (2)

Hetti Perkins, Education Kit - Papunya Tula: genesis and genius, Sydney, 2000, front cover (colour illus.). detail

Hetti Perkins and Hannah Fink (Editors), Papunya Tula: genesis and genius, Sydney, 2000, 152 (colour illus.), 285. no catalogue number

Exhibition history (2)

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

Papunya Tula, Ala Mazzoniana Stazione Termini, Rome