Kangaroo and Shield People Dreaming at Lake Mackay
This painting depicts two Dreamings and Tjapangati's own homeland along the fringes of Lake MacKay in Western Australia. These two, which are celebrated in a corroboree, are a Kangaroo Dreaming, utilised in the Tingari cycle, and the story of the travelling Kuditchi, or Shield People. The full details of the story are secret but the artist did say that in the Kudutchi corroboree the men sing while the women dance. The cat's-cradle-like pattern around the edge of the painting represents rain travelling from hill to hill. The tracks of the kangaroo travelling from site to site are self-evident. The large pale area in the central part of the picture represents Lake Mackay. The roundels in that area are trees which grow in the lake. The golden-coloured patches are sandhills. The connected roundels and adjoining straight lines represent both soakages and campsites of the mythical Shield People in their travels.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
187.0 x 155.0 x 3.5 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1995
Not on display
© Estate of Timmy Payungka Tjapangati. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Where the work was made
Shown in 7 exhibitions
Painted Dreams, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1982–1982
Copyrites - Aboriginal Art in the Age of Reproductive Technology:
- Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns 02 Feb 1996–03 Mar 1996
- Northern Territory Museum of Arts & Sciences, Australia 15 Mar 1996–07 Apr 1996
- Araluen Centre, Alice Springs 26 Apr 1996–26 May 1996
- Tandanya, Adelaide 07 Jun 1996–07 Jul 1996
- Broken Hill City Art Gallery, Broken Hill 16 Jul 1996–11 Aug 1996
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 21 Aug 1996–10 Nov 1996
Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997
L'Art des Aborigènes d'Australie, Musée de Cambrai, France, 13 Sep 1998–23 Nov 1998
Referenced in 8 publications
Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 70.
Hetti Perkins, Education Kit - Papunya Tula: genesis and genius, 'Styles - iconographic and minimal', pg. 10-11, Sydney, 2000, 10 (colour illus.).
Vivien Johnson, Painted Dreams, 'Collecting Western Desert Art - a personal view', pg. 8-13, Sydney, 1995, 8, 16, 17 (colour illus.), 46. plate no. 2
Vivien Johnson and Tim Johnson, The Painted Dream, 1991, 20.
Vivien Johnson, Copyrites - Aboriginal Art in the Age of Reproductive Technologies, Sydney, 1996, 43 (colour illus.), 54.
Hetti Perkins and Hannah Fink (Editors), Papunya Tula: genesis and genius, Sydney, 2000, 86 (colour illus.), 286-287. no catalogue number
Hetti Perkins, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'When the everyday becomes extraordinary: AGS help acceptance of young urban indigenous artists', pg. 51-53, Sydney, May 2003, 52, 53 (colour illus.).
Wayne Tunnicliffe and Deborah Edwards, Look, ‘New Australia’, pg. 24-27, Sydney, May 2012, 27.