Untitled (Snake Dreaming) bears Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number TP830113 (obscured) twice on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 103 x 102cm
PROVENANCE: Painted at Papunya in 1983 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.59, cat. no.155; vol 2, cat. no.155 (illus.).
EXHIBITED: Nangara: the australian aboriginal art exhibition from the Ebes collection, Stichting Sint-jan, Brugge, Belgium, March 9 - June 23, 1996, cat. no.155
Throughout a painting career of almost 30 years, Tjapangati's work was always marked by an individuality of expression, rooted deeply in Pintupi conventions. Hetti Perkins has remarked with regard to his relatively rare 'middle period' paintings of the early to mid 1980s that, 'his painting was characterised by compositional complexity, and the use of unconventional chromatic and tonal arrangements', of which this is an example. (Hetti Perkins (ed.), Tradition Today: Indigenous Art in Australia, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000, p.158.)
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate that reads in part: 'In this painting the artist has depicted the snake mythology. This Dreaming relates directly to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). This mythology forms part of the secret Tingari Cycle therefore no further detail was given'.