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Title

Untitled (Site of Yunala)


Artist

Ray James Tjangala

Australia

circa 1958 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region


About

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


Details


Date

1999


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas


Dimensions

121.5 x 151.5 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

76.2000


Artist information

Ray James Tjangala

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Central and Western Desert

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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