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Untitled (Site of Yunala)



Ray James Tjangala


circa 1958 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Central and Western Desert Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
    121.5 x 151.5 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Ray James Tjangala. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Artist information
    Ray James Tjangala

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  • About

    Ray James Tjangala's 'Untitled (Site of Yunala)' 1999 depicts designs associated with Yunala, west of Kiwirrkura community. In the past a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before continuing their travels further east to Pinari, north of Kintore. While in this area they gathered the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear (Marsdenia australis) that is plentiful in the region.

    Ray James Tjangala is the son of Anatjari Tjampitjinpa one of the original Papunya Tula artists and brother of artist George Yapa Yapa Tjangala. Ray James spent a lot of time with Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi whose influence is apparent.

    'Untitled (Site of Yunala)' 1999 is Ray James Tjangala's definitive work of this story. He stopped painting this subject as he considers it "too dangerous" to paint.

    Ray James is one of the younger generation of artists and lives at Kiwirrkura. He has demonstrated a highly developed style, possibly a result of the influence of his elders.

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central and Western Desert

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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