Timmy Payunka Tjapangati

Untitled #267

Acrylic on canvas
182 x 76 cm
(71.7 x 29.9 in)

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Timmy Payungka Tjapangati was among the first Pintupi men to begin painting on hardboard at Papunya in 1971. Tjapangati was a highly individual painter among the Pintupi artists and this late work is at the same time an assertion of his undoubted ceremonial authority. In ‘Tingari cycle at Wilkinkarra’, Timmy Payungka Tjapangati fills the picture space with the intricate ‘key’ patterns that are characteristically incised onto wooden objects associated with secret ceremonies, and the palette is reduced to a red undercoat covered by a maze of black and white dotted lines, the effect of which is total visual power with a remarkable degree of abstraction.

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