An image of Kiwirrkura land claim painting

Bobby West Tjupurrula

(Australia 1958 – )

Kiwirrkura, Western Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region

Kiwirrkura land claim painting

Not on display
Further information

The Papunya Tula Artists documentation for the work states:

This painting depicts designs associated with the swamp and soakage water site of Marawa, just to the west of Lake Mackay. In mythological times a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before travelling west. The sinuous lines in the centre of the work represent the tracks of a snake which travelled from Mt. Wedge, west to Lake Mackay and then further west to Nyinmi, just to the east of Jupiter Well. The cream coloured area represents the salt lake, the sinuous lines at the outer edges are sandhills and the rectangular shapes are rockholes and soakage water sites.

Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given. Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Tjukurrpa 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 youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

Place of origin
Kiwirrkura, Central and Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
183.0 x 152.5 cm
Gift of Mr Peter Clemenger 2007
Accession number
© Bobby West Tjupurrula. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd