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Tingari sites around Kiwirrkura



Bobby West Tjupurrula


1958 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

Alternate image of Tingari sites around Kiwirrkura by Bobby West Tjupurrula
Alternate image of Tingari sites around Kiwirrkura by Bobby West Tjupurrula
Alternate image of Tingari sites around Kiwirrkura by Bobby West Tjupurrula
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kiwirrkurra East Gibson Desert Western Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Pintupi, Western Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    183.0 x 153.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2016
    Yiribana Gallery
    Accession number
    © Bobby West Tjupurrula. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Artist information
    Bobby West Tjupurrula

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The art centre documentation for this work states: This painting depicts a series of important ceremonial sites in the area around Kiwirrkura and along the southern side of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). These sites include Ngamurru, Tingaritjarra, Tjutalpi, Wilkinkarra, Tarkul and Malparringya. All these sites have a water source either in the form of a rockhole or soakage. This painting is essentially a Tingari map of the mentioned sites and dominant land features in the area. All these sites were visited by the Tingari people who moved through the area after travelling from the west. Generally the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari men were usually followed by Tingari women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youth today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Sentient lands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jun 2016–08 Oct 2017

    • The Purple House, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Sep 2021–27 Feb 2022

Other works by Bobby West Tjupurrula