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Kiwirrkura land claim painting



Bobby West Tjupurrula


1958 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region


The Papunya Tula Artists documentation for the work states:

This painting depicts designs associated with the swamp and soakage water site of Marawa, just to the west of Lake Mackay. In mythological times a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before travelling west. The sinuous lines in the centre of the work represent the tracks of a snake which travelled from Mt. Wedge, west to Lake Mackay and then further west to Nyinmi, just to the east of Jupiter Well. The cream coloured area represents the salt lake, the sinuous lines at the outer edges are sandhills and the rectangular shapes are rockholes and soakage water sites.

Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given. Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Tjukurrpa who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.




Media category


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


183.0 x 152.5 cm


Gift of Mr Peter Clemenger 2007


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Bobby West Tjupurrula

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

  • Bobby West Tjupurrula, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, 02 May 2002–25 May 2002

  • Our Land, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jan 2017–18 Jun 2017

Referenced in 2 publications


Hetti Perkins, Art + soul: a journey into the world of Aboriginal art, 'Home + away', pg. 1-86, Carlton, 2010, 60 (colour illus.), 279.

Smith & Singer (Compilator), Important Aboriginal Art: Sotheby's Melbourne, Melbourne, Jun 1999, 24-25 (colour illus.).