Nyilyari Tjapangati

(Australia  – )

Language group

Wilkinkarra, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way

Not on display
Further information

In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.

The art centre documentation for this work states:

This etching depicts designs associated with the salt lake of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). In ancestral times a large group of Tingari men visited this site on their travels towards the east. The men had previously visited the rockhole site of Winparku (Mt Webb) further south. The concentric squares in the etching depict the soakage waters near Winparku, while the jagged lines represent the path of the Tingari Men as they travelled towards Wilkinkarra. This design is also consistent with those used during rain making ceremonies.

Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

Place of origin
Papunya, Northern Territory, Australia
etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "NIEARI". Not dated.

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Accession number
© Nyilyari Tjapangati. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd