Untitled (Soakage Water Site of Pukaratjina) bears artist's name, dimensions and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number JJ0311080 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 182 x 151cm
PROVENANCE: Painted at Kiwirrkurra in 2003 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs Superannuation Fund of William Nuttall and Annette Reeves
Joseph Jurra Tjapaltjarri was schooled as an artist in the traditional manner within the modern setting of life for desert people. He left his ancestral lands around Kiwirrkurra where he was born and with his family went to live at Papunya in the early 1960s. After the death of his father he was raised by two artists who were, to varying degrees, to become influential in the Western Desert painting movement at Papunya; Yumpululu Tjungurrayi (c.1930-1998) and Willy Tjungurrayi (born c.1932). Jurra also spent some time living at Balgo during the period that the public art movement there was in its infancy. He served his painting apprenticeship in the 1980s with the renowned Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi (c.1925-1999) who was a member of the original men's painting group at Papunya.
As Tjapaltjarri rose to prominence he was one of the first Papunya artists to be granted a solo commercial exhibition, at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1989, the year his work was also shown in a group exhibition of Papunya artists at the John Weber Gallery in New York.
Untitled (Soakage water site of Pukaratjina), was painted in the year Tjapaltjarri developed mesmerizing surfaces of repeated parallel lines.
This painting is sold with accompanying Papunya Tula Artists documentation.
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