Sunfly Tjampitjin (circa 1916-1996) Goanna Men at Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay)
Lot 65
Sunfly Tjampitjin (circa 1916-1996) Goanna Men at Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay)
AU$ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 7,500 - 11,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Sunfly Tjampitjin (circa 1916-1996)
Goanna Men at Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay)
bears artist's name, title, description of the story and Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation stamp on the reverse
synthetic polymer paint on composition board
61 x 46cm

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Painted at Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills) in 1993
    Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills)
    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.51, cat. no.88; vol 2, cat. no.88 (illus.).
    Hank Ebes (ed.), The Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2001, p.48 (illus.)., p.113

    EXHIBITED:
    Nangara: the australian aboriginal art exhibition from the Ebes collection, Stichting Sint-jan, Brugge, Belgium, March 9 - June 23, 1996, cat. no.88
    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.38
    Dreamtime - Aboriginal Art from the Ebes Collection, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishoj, Copenhagen, Denmark, February 11 - August 13, 2006

    Cf. For a larger version of the same story painted in 1990 see M.A. O'Ferrall et al, Crossroads - Towards a New Reality: Aboriginal Art from Australia, Kyoto: The National Museum of Modern Art, 1992, ptg.74, p.107.

    Purchased in 1995, Goanna Men at Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) is reputedly the artist's final painting before he took ill and was unable to continue his practice. Sunfly often departed from the traditional use of dotting and repeating parallel lines of other Balgo artists, instead painting bold, geometric designs on an undecorated ground. His minimal palette of vibrant, contrasting colours creates a dramatic impact.
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