Untitled (Men's Business) bears artist's name and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number NT850658 twice on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 183 x 121cm
PROVENANCE: Painted at Kintore in 1985 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs Ebes Collection, Melbourne
LITERATURE: Hank Ebes (ed.), Nangara: the australian aboriginal art exhibition from the Ebes collection, Melbourne: The Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, 1996, vol 1, p.63, cat. no.196; vol 2, cat. no.196 (illus.). Hank Ebes (ed.), The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2001, p.74, p.75 (illus.)., p.116
EXHIBITED: Nangara: the australian aboriginal art exhibition from the Ebes collection, Stichting Sint-jan, Brugge, Belgium, March 9 - June 23, 1996, cat. no.196 The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, Japan, April 13 May 27, 2001; Tochigi Prefectual Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan, July 15 September 2, 2001; Iwaki City Art Museum, Iwaki, Japan, November 10 - December 16, 2001, cat. no.74 Dreamtime - Aboriginal Art from the Ebes Collection, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Copenhagen, Denmark, February 11 - August 13, 2006
Billy Nolan Tjapangati (also known as Nolan Tjapangati) began painting in 1976, having observed the original Men's Painting group at Papunya in the early 1970s. His early works are meticulously executed and highly detailed Tingari paintings as in this example.
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate that reads in part: 'This painting relates to the site of Punkilpirri, a big claypan and hill site north of Docker River. It is here that two water snakes live. It was also a site that was visited by the travelling Tjilkamata (echidna ancestor). This painting depicts part of the secret-sacred Tingari myth cycle.
Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites'.