Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (circa 1925-1998) Untitled (Tingari Men's Campsite at Patantja, South West of Lake MacDonald: Kuningka and Snake Dreaming), 1988
Lot 127
Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (circa 1925-1998) Untitled (Tingari Men's Campsite at Patantja, South West of Lake MacDonald: Kuningka and Snake Dreaming), 1988
AU$ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 14,000 - 19,000
Lot Details
Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (circa 1925-1998)
Untitled (Tingari Men's Campsite at Patantja, South West of Lake MacDonald: Kuningka and Snake Dreaming), 1988
bears artist's name and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number YY881221 on the reverse
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
183 x 121cm (72 1/16 x 47 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Painted at Kiwirrkura, Western Australia
    Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
    Purchased from Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne in May 1989
    The Laverty Collection, Sydney

    YALA YALA GIBBS TJUNGURRAYI
    Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi was a Pintupi man of
    high ritual authority who was among the first group
    of men to take up painting at Papunya in 1971. He
    was an avid and intense painter, totally absorbed in his
    work and, as befits a ceremonial songman, he would
    often sing verses from a Dreaming as he painted it.
    His early paintings on board are characterised by a
    strong graphic sense as he developed forms in bold
    contrasting colours of black, white and red. Yala Yala
    was also one of the chief exponents of the circle and
    line matrix associated with sacred–secret Tingari
    subjects that influenced many Pintupi painters through
    the 1980s. During this period several of his paintings
    featured large water snakes at Kaakuratintja (Lake
    MacDonald) where they are said to live in the lake.

    Yala Yala Gibbs has been represented in several major
    exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including: The
    Inspired Dream, Life as art in Aboriginal Australia
    , at the
    Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
    and touring internationally in 1988; Papunya Tula:
    Genesis and Genius
    , at the Art Gallery of New South
    Wales, Sydney in 2000; Papunya Painting - Out of the
    desert
    , at the National Museum of Australia in 2007;
    Icons of the Desert: Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya,
    at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell
    University, Ithaca, Fowler Museum of Cultural History,
    University of Californa, Los Angeles, and the Grey
    Art Gallery at New York University, New York, in
    2009; and Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert art, at
    the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne in 2011
    and at the Musée du quai Branly in 2012. In 1988,
    following the Dreamings exhibition in New York, the
    Brooklyn Museum of Art acquired one of Yala Yala's
    paintings.

    Wally Caruana

    This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate.
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