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