Pegleg TJAMPITJINPA (deceased): untitled

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Pegleg TJAMPITJINPA (deceased): untitled


Untitled polymer paint on linen painting by Pegleg TJAMPITJINPA (deceased).

Donated by Mr Chris Simon, Yanda Aboriginal Art, Alice Springs, NT.

  • Polymer paint on linen
  • 1500 x 1800 mm
  • Around. 2005

Pegleg Tjampitjinpa’s painting contains ‘classical’ Pintupi symbolism and, although painted in 2005, it is similar to some of the original Papunya Tula paintings created in the early 1970s. He and his family lived a nomadic life in his traditional country around Wilkinkarra until 1957 when they encountered a Northern Territory Welfare branch control. They were relocated to Papunya by the government of the day. Pegleg Tjampitjinpa was influenced to take up painting on canvas by his friend Pinta Pinta and there are stylistic similarities in the work of both artists. In this painting, traditional ceremonial iconography employed in body and ground painting is laid out on a flat, earthy red surface. These designs would characteristically be used in conjunction with song cycles invoking the Tingari ancestors, as part of post-initiation instruction for young men. Tingari narratives tell of the journeys of ancestral beings that travelled across the land during Tjukurrpa, or creation time, establishing law and ritual procedures. Groups of concentric circles or roundels such as those depicted in this work, generally refer to sacred sites, resting places, camps and waterholes. Lines linking these sites typically represent ancestral journey paths crossing the artist’s traditional country. Pegleg Tjampitjinpa has depicted these designs with few colours, selecting colours similar to those used in ground and body designs where powdered charcoal, ground ochres and white pigment are used.

From material supplied by Dr Lisa Chandler.

Wondervision Postcard 12

  1. Examine the art of Pegleg’s friend Pinta Pinta. Google ‘Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka’ to do this.
  2. Investigate the idea of ’Tingari dreaming’. The Tingari Dreaming artwork will be of considerable assistance:   
  3. Pegleg Tjampitjinpa uses bold colours in his work, colours that stand in clear contrast with each other. Create a piece of artwork using just two bold colours and that incorporate 3 icons from the Western Desert art. Choose your icons and use them so that they tell a story.
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