Untitled (Secret-Sacred Men's Ceremonial Dreamings at Lampintja, South-West of Kintore), 1989 bears dimenisons and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number TT890629 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on canvas 152 x 122cm (59 13/16 x 48 1/16in).
PROVENANCE: Painted at Papunya, Northern Territory Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Purchased from Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney in July 1989
EXHIBITED: On loan to St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, 12 March 2004-2011
Turkey Tolson was one of the youngest members of the first painting group at Papunya in 1971. For much of the decade he lived at the outstation of Kungkayurnti where Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was one of his main influences. In fact Namarari had reciprocal rights in several of the Dreamings owned by Toslon. In 1985 he assumed the position of chair of the collective, Papunya Tula Artists, a post he held for ten years. By 1990 he commenced a series of paintings on the theme of spearmaking at the site of Ilyingaungau in his traditional country (see Straightening spears at Ilyingaungau, 1990, in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia in Perkins, H. and H. Fink [eds.], Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with Papunya Tula Artists, 2000, pp.114-5, illus.). Secret-sacred Men's Ceremonial Dreamings..., 1989, is a precursor to the Straightening Spears pictures. The field of strong repeated parallels lines of joined dots owe much to the influence of Mick Namarari.
Turkey Tolson has been represented in several major exhibitions in Australia and abroad, including: the Nigerian Festival Exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria in 1977; Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art at the Pacific Asia Museum in Los Angeles in 1981; the seminal exhibition Koori Art '84, at Art Space, Sydney in 1984; in 1997, along with Joseph Jurra Tjaparljtarri he installed a sand painting for the exhibition Peintres Aborigènes d'Australie, at La Grand Halle de la Villette, Paris; Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2000; and 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 California, Los Angeles, and the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, New York, in 2009.
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula Artists certificate.
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