Untitled (Bandicoot Dreaming) bears artist's name, dimensions and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number MN920535 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 122 x 75cm
PROVENANCE: Painted at Kintore in 1992 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.62, cat. no.183; vol 2, cat. no.183 (illus.). Hank Ebes (ed.), The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2001, p.73 (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.183 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.70 Dreamtime - Aboriginal Art from the Ebes Collection, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Copenhagen, Denmark, February 11 - August 13, 2006
Mick Namarari was one of the founding men of the 1971 Papunya 'painting room', contributing to almost every consignment for the Stuart Art Centre between 1971-1972. In the 1980s Mick led the way for other Papunya Tula Artists in representing Dreaming narratives devoid of traditional Pintupi motifs. Initially turning to minimalist line work without dotting, in the 1990s Tjapaltjarri began producing works bearing fields of varied dotting which optically mesmerise the viewer. Untitled (Bandicoot Dreaming), 1992 (shown here) and Untitled (Dingo Dreaming), 1991 (Lot 48) are two examples of this style. Namarari's continually evolving visual language, always forging a 'new' way for Western Desert painting, ensured that the Papunya Tula Artists company continued to grow and strengthen since its inception.
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate that reads: 'This painting depicts the Bandicoot Dreaming at the site of Walpa to the south-east of the Kintore community. The Bandicoot lives amongst the spinifex and grass and usually makes its nest in a scrape under the grass. The footprints on the painting show where the bandicoot moved around his camp in search of food'.