Kuninga Dreaming at Kaakuratintja by George Ward Tjungurrayi - 2003 | Michael Reid Gallery

George Ward Tjungurrayi
Kuninga Dreaming at Kaakuratintja, 2003

Pintupi people
acrylic on linen
183 x 244 cm

Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. Ref. GW0310069
Caruana and Reid presents Important Aboriginal Art, November & December 2006
Private collection, Sydney

This painting depicts designs associated with Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald). In mythological times, a large group of Tingari Men traveled to this site from Kulkuta, south-west of the Tjukula Community. The Kuningka (Western Quoll) Dreaming also travelled this same route. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given. Generally the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites.

George was born near the site of Lararra, east of Tjukurla in Western Australia circa 1945. His first contact with Europeans was made through one of the welfare patrols led by Jeremy Long and Nosepeg Tjupurrula at a rock hole south of Kiwirrkura. After travelling in to Papunya he worked as both a fencer as well as a butcher in the Papunya kitchen. George’s father was also the father of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and Willy Tjungurrayi and although they had different mothers he considers them very close brothers.


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