Tjamu Tjamu bears artist's name, dimensions and Kayili Artists catalogue number 06-176 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 213.5 x 152.5cm
PROVENANCE: Painted in 2006 Kayili Artists, Patjarr, Western Australia Private collection
Cf. For a very similar example in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne see Tim Acker and John Carty (eds.), Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands, Crawley: UWA Publishing, 2012, p.26; and another related example constructed as an architectural facade outside the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney (Acker 2012:29).
Ngaanyatjarra man, Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles spent most of his life in the land between Patjarr and Kiwirrkurra. He was forced, like other Patjarr people including Pulpurru Davies and Nola Campbell to move to the Warburton Mission 240km south of Patjarr in the 1950s. In 1990 his wife Norma Ngumarnu Giles recalls he was one of the first to begin painting for the Warburton Art Project and many people learnt by watching the artist (Acker 2012, p.221). At the turn of the 21st Century Giles also began painting intermittently for Papunya Tula Artists whilst visiting relatives in Kiwirrkurra. By the time the artist began producing works for the fledgling Kayili Artists in 2004, he was already a seasoned artist.
Tjamu Tjamu, 2006 is a fine example of the artist's signature canvases of complex meandering lines of contrasting colours which create a sense of depth in the painting. John Carty has associated Giles' design with 'the engravings on pearl shell and hard wood shields that were traded in the desert from the west coast'(Acker 2012: 27). The year after this work was painted the artist was elected as a finalist in the 24th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.