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Kangaroo and Shield People Dreaming at Lake Mackay



Timmy Payungu Tjapangati


circa 1940 – 07 May 2000

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Papunya Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Papunya Tula Movement
    Media category
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number
    © Estate of Timmy Payungka Tjapangati. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Timmy Payungu Tjapangati

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  • About

    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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 6 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications

    • Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, 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.

Other works by Timmy Payungu Tjapangati

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