Untitled [Kulata (Spear) Dreaming at Nginkuwakalnya] bears Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number BT940849 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 154 x 61cm
PROVENANCE: Painted at Kintore in 1994 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.64, cat. no.200; vol 2, cat. no.200 (illus.). Hank Ebes (ed.), The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2001, p.77 (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.200 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.76 Dreamtime - Aboriginal Art from the Ebes Collection, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Copenhagen, Denmark, February 11 - August 13, 2006
Paintings by the Pintupi community leader Benny Tjapaltjarri are relatively rare. Examples executed for Papunya Tula Artists in the mid 1900s were sought after by collectors, and admired for their rich textured surface and minimalist subject matter. Tjapaltjarri's struggle to enable the Pintupi to return to their homelands at Kintore is the subject matter of the acclaimed documentary Benny and the Dreamers, 1992.
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate that reads: 'This painting is associated with the Kulata (Spear) Dreaming at Nginkuwakalnya, near Warakurna in Western Australia. The site is important to the artist because of its connection with a black bird called Wininypa which is thought to be a manifestation of the artist's spirit. The spears, said to be made from mulga wood, are clearly depicted'.