Untitled Tie by Kumanjayi Jurra Tjapaltjarri


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Kumanjayi Jurra Tjapaltjarri’s untitled painting refers to Yunala, a creek and rockhole site-complex, west of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. During ancestral times, a large group of Tingari men stopped at this site to dig for the edible roots of the bush banana, known as yunala (Marsdenia australis), which is abundant in this area. After their feast, the men continued travelling north-east to Tarkul, north of Winparku (Mt Webb). The Tingari Cycle is secret-sacred in nature, but in general, the Tingari are a group of ancestral beings who traversed the country, shaping the landscape through their travels.

Kumanjayi’s work is characterised by intricate, rhythmic linework, and a subtlety of palette. This work is no exception – the artist’s use of a burnt orange underpainting tempers the flow of the blue-grey surface layer, suggesting the seasonal movements of the ephemeral desert waterways. Kumanjayi favours large scale canvases that he painstakingly details with ripples of linework layered with dots. The grand scale of his works evoke an atmospheric viewpoint, reminding us of the vastness of the landscape and our fleetingness within it.

One of Twelve ties are presented in a beautiful gift box accompanied by a card detailing the artists’ work and practice.

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