An image of Kangaroo and Shield People Dreaming at Lake Mackay

Timmy Payungka Tjapangati

(Australia circa 1940 – 07 May 2000)

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

Kangaroo and Shield People Dreaming at Lake Mackay

Not on display
Further information

This painting depicts two Dreamings and Tjapangati's own homeland along the fringes of Lake MacKay in Western Australia. These two, which are celebrated in a corroboree, are a Kangaroo Dreaming, utilised in the Tingari cycle, and the story of the travelling Kuditchi, or Shield People. The full details of the story are secret but the artist did say that in the Kudutchi corroboree the men sing while the women dance. The cat's-cradle-like pattern around the edge of the painting represents rain travelling from hill to hill. The tracks of the kangaroo travelling from site to site are self-evident. The large pale area in the central part of the picture represents Lake Mackay. The roundels in that area are trees which grow in the lake. The golden-coloured patches are sandhills. The connected roundels and adjoining straight lines represent both soakages and campsites of the mythical Shield People in their travels.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Place of origin
Papunya, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Papunya Tula Movement
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
187.0 x 155.0 x 3.5 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1995
Accession number
© Estate of Timmy Payungka Tjapangati. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd