Tommy Mitchell (born 1943) Wakalpuka
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Tommy Mitchell (born 1943) Wakalpuka
Sold for AU$ 13,200 (US$ 12,338) inc. premium
Lot Details
Tommy Mitchell (born 1943)
bears artist's name, dimensions and Warakurna Artists catalogue number 699-10 on the reverse
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
213.4 x 101.5cm


    Painted in 2010
    Warakurna Artists, Western Australia
    Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
    Superannuation Fund of William Nuttall and Annette Reeves

    Cf. For a similar work by the artist in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria see Judith Ryan, Living Water: Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2011, p.25.

    This painting is sold with accompanying Warakurna Artists documentation that reads in part: 'This painting is from Tommy's mother's and Uncle Tjunka Lewis's country. Tommy Mitchell says this painting is about Tjunka's country and a special place called Wakalpuka, a rockhole at the base of Wakalpuka. It's a story about the Patjarrtja (native quoll, sometimes referred to as native cat). This animal was travelling around. You cannot find the Patjarrtja anymore, they have become extinct from this region.'
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