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DBP20. From the Tingari Cycle, Morris Gibson Tjaplatjarri, 2003, 60" x 48" (152 x 122 cms) For Sale


Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri is the son of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi. Having learned and now inherited custodianship of Dreaming stories from his father, Morris paints in a powerful style reminiscent of the early masters, the first wave of Pintupi artists who came out of Papunya in 1971.

Morris is very much an up and coming artist. Since his father has passed on he’s been able to step out of his shadow and develop authority both as an artist and custodian of their Dreamings. While the iconography employed here is classic Western Desert, the painting is activated by principles also used in modern art. The concentric circles composed of bands of soft sensual dotting seem to both advance and recede in space with what modern abstract painters termed push/pull. This is an energetic, emotionally moving work in person, its sensual earth toned hues lend it a warm, decorative appeal.

This painting depicts designs associated with the water soakage site of Kulkuta. In mythological times a group of Tingari men camped at this site before traveling east. There is a cave at this site which the men enter for dancing and singing during ceremonies. The Kuningka (Western Quoll) Dreaming is associated with this area. Since events associated with the Tingari cycle are of a secret sacred nature no further details were given. Generally the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who traveled over vast stretches of country, performing rituals thereby creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari men were usually followed by Tingari women and accompanied by young novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

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