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Title

Love story of a man and the moon

1974

Artist

Charlie Wartuma Tjungurrayi

Australia

circa 1921 – 1999

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yei Yei Bore Papunya Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1974
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    poster paint and PVA glue on threeply
    Dimensions
    45.5 x 50.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1997
    Location
    20th-century galleries (lower level 1)
    Accession number
    266.1997
    Copyright
    © Estate of the artist. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Artist information
    Charlie Wartuma Tjungurrayi

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  • About

    Wartuma Tjungurrayi, also known as Charlie, was central to the group of men who began painting at Papunya, Northern Territory, in 1971 and was a founding member of the Aboriginal company Papunya Tula Artists. Tjungurrayi painted consistently from 1971 to 1999 and is often remembered for stating, ’If I don’t paint this story some whitefella might come and steal my Country’.

    This comment was no doubt informed by Tjungurrayi’s experiences of living in Papunya: a government settlement designed with the intention of centralising and assimilating Aboriginal people from the surrounding regions, where compliance to European norms was expected. Within this environment, Tjungurrayi and his peers used painting as a means of maintaining culture, remembering tjukurrpa and allaying their longing for home.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yei Yei Bore

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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