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Tjitjurrulpa, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way



Eileen Napaltjarri


Dec 1956 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Papunya Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    colour aquatint on Hahnemühle rag paper
    33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. beneath platemark, in pencil "EILEEN". Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Eileen Napaltjarri. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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  • About

    In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.

    The art centre documentation for this work states:

    This etching depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Tjiturrulpa, situated in rocky hills west of the Kintore community. During ancient times a group of men and women travelled east from this site toward the rockhill site of Ilpilli. Along the way they gathered material for the production of various tools used in everyday life. The lines in the etching depict the lengths of wood that are yet to be fashioned into a variety of tools including kulata (spears), wana (nulla nullas), kiritji (shield) and kali (boomerang). While at Tjiturrulpa the group also gathered a variety of bush foods including pitjara or desert yam, the edible tuber of the shrub Ipomoea costata, pura or bush tomato from the shrub Solanum chippendalei, and kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum centrale.

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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