Untitled (Tingari Cycle) bears artist's name and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number FW871258 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 182 x 122cm
PROVENANCE: Painted at Kiwirrkura in 1987 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.198; vol 2, cat. no.198 (illus.). Hank Ebes (ed.), The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2001, p.76 (illus.)., p.77, 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.198 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.75 Dreamtime - Aboriginal Art from the Ebes Collection, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Copenhagen, Denmark, February 11 - August 13, 2006
Cf. For a related painting see Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert, Melbourne: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, 1991, pp.42-43.
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate that reads: 'This painting tells of the travels of a large group of Tingari people from Kirritinya, south-west of Kiwirrkura to Docker River and return. Because of the secret nature of matters relating to Tingari Cycle, no further detail was given.
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.
The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs'.