Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri (circa 1929-1984) Camp Scene Near Napperby
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Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri (circa 1929-1984) Camp Scene Near Napperby
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Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri (circa 1929-1984)
Camp Scene Near Napperby
synthetic polymer powder paint on board
52.3 x 44.7cm


    Painted in 1973
    Acquired from Papunya Tula Artists on 26 July 1973
    Private collection
    Christie's, Australian and International Fine Art, Melbourne, 27 November 2001, lot 57
    Superannuation Fund of William Nuttall and Annette Reeves

    Blue Chip VII, The Collectors' Exhibition, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 1 March - 2 April, 2005

    This is an intimate snapshot of the daily camp routine with a clear division of labour. The man on the left, armed with spears, spear-thrower and boomerangs, goes off to hunt. The woman on the right carries a digging stick on her shoulder and a coolamon or carrying dish to collect bush foods, such as the yams that appear as black forms on the right. Each is accompanied by a dog. The camp is defined by the black central circle, and the sets of icons depicting women sitting (the U shapes either side of a small circle) and the windbreaks (long arcs) that protect them. The tracks of a wallaby of kangaroo appear along the vertical axis.

    Tim Leura painted a number of domestic scenes such as this in the early years of the Western Desert painting movement at Papunya. Several of these are illustrated in Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon, Papunya, A Place Made After the Story: The Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement, Melbourne: The Miegunyah Press, 2004; see An Old Person's Dreaming, 1978, p.289, ptg 231; Man and Woman's Dreaming – Family Story, 1978, p.290, ptg.232; and Yam Spirit Dreaming (version 5) 1972 , p.234, ptg.264.

    Wally Caruana
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