Untitled (Kadaitcha Dreaming) bears artist's name, dimensions and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number RT920403 (obscured) on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on canvas 122 x 152cm
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.60, cat. no.169; vol 2, cat. no.169 (illus.). Kasper Konig et al. (eds.), Remembering Forward: Australian Aboriginal Painting since 1960, London: Paul Holberton Publishing, Cologne: Ludwig Museum (exhibition catalogue), 2010, p.74 (illus.)., p.79, p.174
EXHIBITED: Nangara: the australian aboriginal art exhibition from the Ebes collection, Stichting Sint-jan, Brugge, Belgium, March 9 - June 23, 1996, cat. no.169 Remembering Forward, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany, November 20, 2010 - March 20, 2011, cat. no.29
Between 1989 and 1995 Tjampitjinpa's traditional Tingari imagery transformed into bold, powerful and highly abstracted images. These works are a classic example of the innovative approach to painting that transpired in the art of a small group of Pintupi masters during this period. His technique evolved where he began to infuse the application of dots into broad bands of compressed lines in contrasting colours that created paintings with an assured visual power.
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate that reads: 'The roundel in this painting depicts a large soakage water site at Mapurrinya on the south side of Lake Mackay. When people dig for water at this soakage site, as soon as they obtain water the storm clouds gather and bring the rain. In mythological times two Kadaitcha Men (Ritual Killers) travelled to this site and created the lightening'.