Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula (circa 1938-2001) Untitled (Secret-Sacred Men's Ceremonial Dreamings at Lampintja, South-West of Kintore), 1989
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Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula (circa 1938-2001) Untitled (Secret-Sacred Men's Ceremonial Dreamings at Lampintja, South-West of Kintore), 1989
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Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula (circa 1938-2001)
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).

Footnotes

  • 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.

    Wally Caruna


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