acrylic on linen
153 × 122 cm
Community stock number: 212169
Papunya Tula Artists Pty Limited, NT
This painting depicts designs associated with Yaltintja, a soakage water site north-west of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. In mythological times a group of Tingari Men camped at this site before travelling to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) 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. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.
Kanya Tjapangati was born at the site of Pamatjatunya, which is west of the Jupiter Well area in Western Australia, circa 1951. Kanya commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1981 and in 1999 contributed to the Kiwirrkura mens’ painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal. His works are represented in many prestigious collections, including the National Gallery of Australia.