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Title

Untitled

1971

Artist

Charlie Wartuma Tjungurrayi

Australia

circa 1921 – 1999

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    (Women's dreaming)
    Places where the work was made
    Australia
    Papunya Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1971
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on composition board
    Dimensions
    91.4 x 20.3 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Elizabeth Ritson and Michael Kerin Morgan AO 2022. Donated through the Australian Government’s cultural gifts program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    91.2022
    Copyright
    © Estate of the artist. Licensed by Aborigiinal Artists Agency Ltd
    Artist information
    Charlie Wartuma Tjungurrayi

    Works in the collection

    4

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  • About

    Wartuma Tjungurrayi, also known as Charlie, was central to the group of men who began painting at Papunya, NT in 1971 and was a founding member of the Aboriginal company, Papunya Tula Artists. Tjungurrayi painted consistently from 1971 to 1999 and is often remembered for stating, ‘If I don’t paint this story some whitefella might come and steal my country.’

    This comment was no doubt informed by Tjungurrayi’s experiences living in Papunya: a government settlement designed with the intention of centralising and assimilating Aboriginal people from the surrounding regions where compliance to European norms was expected. Within this environment, Tjungurrayi and his peers used painting as a means of maintaining culture, remembering Tjukurrpa and allaying their longing for home.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Australia, Papunya

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