circa 1936 -
This work depicts the travels of the Tingari, a group of ancestor beings, who travelled over vast stretches of the country performing rituals and creating and shaping sites. The Tingari Men were usually accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of post-initiate youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs. The Tingari ceremonies are of a secret nature and no further information was given by the artist. Willy Tjungurrayi has included a vast array of sites in this work, probably around his country in the region of Lake McDonald. In Mythological times, a large group of Tingari Men made camp at Lake McDonald during their journeying from the Peterman Range towards Kintore.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 1993
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
242.5 x 362.5 cm x 4 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1993
Not on display
© Willy Tjungurrayi. Licensed Aboriginal Artists Agency, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997
A material thing - Objects from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Aug 1998–09 Feb 1999
Another Country, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–02 Apr 2000
Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Aug 2000–12 Nov 2000
Colliding worlds: First contact in the Western Desert 1930-1984:
Referenced in 12 publications
Crispin Gutteridge, Deutscher and Hackett fine art auction: Melbourne 28 November 2012, Catalogue entry for Lot 132 Willy Tjungurrayi 'Tingari painting', pg. 170-171, Melbourne, 2012, 170.
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art', pg. 208-241, Sydney, 1999, 227 (colour illus.).
John Kean, Colliding worlds: first contact in the Western Desert 1932-1984, 'A big canvas: mobilising Pintupi painting', pg. 46-52, Melbourne, 2006, 49, 50 (colour illus.), 56.
Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Earth and paradise', pg. 283-284, Sydney, 2000, 283 (colour illus.), 290 (colour illus.), 302.
Nadia Wheatley, Australians all: a history of growing up from the ice age to the apology, 'The law of the land', pg. 10-31, Crows Nest, 2013, 12 (colour illus.).
Hetti Perkins and Hannah Fink (Editors), Papunya Tula: genesis and genius, Sydney, 2000, 96-97 (colour illus.), 288. no catalogue number
Ursula Prunster, Aspects of Australian art, Sydney, 2000, (illus.). card no. 12: Fred Williams 'You Yangs landscape' 1963
Hetti Perkins and Ken Watson, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999.
Vaughan Rees, Art-i-facts: Book Two, an exploration of ideas in drawing, Sydney, 1998, 9 (colour illus.).
Margo Neale, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 70, 71 (colour illus.), 138, 139. plate no. 33
Vivien Johnson, Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists, 'Willy Tjungurrayi', pg. 150-152, Northern Territory, 2008, 151 (colour illus.).
Ewen McDonald, AGNSW Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 102 (colour illus.), 103.