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Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles Tjapaltjarri


01 Jan 1944 – 16 Feb 2010

Language group: Ngaanyatjarra, Southern Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    East Gibson Desert Western Australia Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    101.6 x 152.6 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2005
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles Tjapaltjarri/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles Tjapaltjarri

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  • About

    The Kayili Artists documentation for the work states:

    "Kaliangku is a large freshwater claypan north-west of Patjarr. This painting depicts the coming of big rains from the north-west around Beagle Bay, south of Broome, filling up the claypans and the rivers of the Gibson Desert, 'like the sea'. Another claypan near Tjukurrla called Wananpa also fills. One rockhole called Nginga, a special site associated with rain and rainmaking is also shown."

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Hetti Perkins, Art + soul: a journey into the world of Aboriginal art, 'Dreams + nightmares', pg. 88-153, Carlton, 2010, 112 (colour illus.), 113 (colour illus.), 280. Giles Tjapaltjarri pictured in front of work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, August, 2009.

    • Jill Sykes, Look, 'art + soul: bringing remote cultural riches to a gallery or screen near you', pg. 28-31, Sydney, Sep 2010, 29 (colour illus.), 271-272.

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