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An image of Two Men and sleeping Youth at Kirritji by Tatali Nangala

Tatali Nangala

(Australia circa 1925 – 1999)

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Two Men and sleeping Youth at Kirritji
Place of origin
Central and Western DesertNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas

122.0 x 91.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997
Accession number
© Estate of Tatali Nangala. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

The design elements in this painting depict events at the rockhole site of Kirritji, south-west of the Kintore Community, in the vicinity of Lake MacDonald. The artist has shown two men of the Tjangala kinship subsection who are hunting for kangaroos in the area. The spears used by the men are shown in the centre of the work, while at the bottom of the work their young son, Tjampitjinpa, is shown sleeping.

Documentation Card, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 1996

Bibliography (3)

Craig Brush, Look, 'In the beginning ...', pg. 22, South Yarra, Aug 2000, 22 (colour illus.).

Doreen Mellor, Art and Australia (Vol. 39, No. 1), 'Indigenous art', pg. 165-166, St Leonards, Sep 2001-Nov 2001, 165 (illus.).

Hetti Perkins and Hannah Fink (Editors), Papunya Tula: genesis and genius, Sydney, 2000, 146 (colour illus.), 286. no catalogue number

Exhibition history (3)

Papunya Women, Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo, 16 Nov 1996–14 Dec 1996

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