An image of Tjitjurrulpa

Eileen Napaltjarri

(Australia Dec 1956 – )

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

Tjitjurrulpa, 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 rockhole and soakage water site of Tjiturrulpa, situated in rocky hills west of the Kintore community. During ancient times a group of men and women travelled east from this site toward the rockhill site of Ilpilli. Along the way they gathered material for the production of various tools used in everyday life. The lines in the etching depict the lengths of wood that are yet to be fashioned into a variety of tools including kulata (spears), wana (nulla nullas), kiritji (shield) and kali (boomerang). While at Tjiturrulpa the group also gathered a variety of bush foods including pitjara or desert yam, the edible tuber of the shrub Ipomoea costata, pura or bush tomato from the shrub Solanum chippendalei, and kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum centrale.

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, in pencil "EILEEN". Not dated.

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