Joseph Tjapaltjarri

(Australia circa 1952 – )

Walungurru (Kintore), Western Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region

Ngatjapirritji, 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 soakage water site of Ngatjapirritji, south of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a large group of Tingari men camped at this site before travelling north-east to Tarkul, north of Winparku (Mt Webb). As the men travelled they passed through the site of Yunala, where they dug for the edible roots of the bush banana or silky pear vine Marsdenia australis, also known as yunala, which is plentiful in the region. While at Yunala the men also gathered bark from the sandhill rattlepod shrub Crotalaria cunninghamii. This bark is used to make sandals which are worn when the sand is very hot. The sinuous lines in the etching depict the bark that is yet to be made into sandals.
Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given.

Place of origin
Papunya, Northern Territory, Australia
colour aquatint 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 "JOSEPH". Not dated.

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