Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (circa 1926-1998) Kangaroo (Malu) Dreaming
Lot 24
Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (circa 1926-1998) Kangaroo (Malu) Dreaming
Sold for AU$ 24,000 (US$ 19,630) inc. premium

Lot Details
Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (circa 1926-1998)
Kangaroo (Malu) Dreaming
bears artist's name, dimensions and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number MN900742 on the reverse and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi label on the reverse of the stretcher
synthetic polymer paint on linen
121.5 x 183cm (47 13/16 x 72 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Painted at Kintore in 1990
    Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
    Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
    Private collection

    Cf. For a related painting depicting Kangaroo Ancestors in the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection see Gabrielle Pizzi, Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert - Paintings by Australian Aboriginal Artists from Papunya, Balgo Hills and Utopia, Melbourne: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, 1991, pp.54-55.

    Painted in the year prior to winning the 1991 National Aboriginal Art Award, Tjapaltjarri's Kangaroo Dreaming Site of Mintjilpirri, is representative of the artist's explorative and inventive meditations on his traditional designs that reached their zenith during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    In the Genesis and Genius exhibition catalogue Hetti Perkins and Hannah Fink remark that, 'The role of the artist is grounded in his or her relatedness to country, yet as the Papunya Tula Artists have shown us, the aesthetic expression of this relationship is not necessarily bound by the parameters of traditional design.....Over time Mick Namarari transformed Papunya Tula art...heralding a move away from gridlocked patterns...to the ethereal minimalism of the late 1980s and 1990s.....Mick Namarari was exceptional and always at the forefront of the company's innovative edge.' Perkins comments further that it is this 'inventiveness that marks them as contemporary practice'.(Hetti Perkins and Hannah Fink, Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000, p.182).

    This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate
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