Pintupi people

Australia 1938 – 1992

Emu Story 1972
Collection Title: The Peter Fannin Collection of Early Western Desert Paintings
Place made: Papunya, Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on composition board

Dimensions: 48.0 h x 31.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Peter Fannin Collection of Early Western Desert Paintings, 1998
Accession No: NGA 98.82
Image rights: © the estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
  • Befitting his high ceremonial status, the main subjects of Anatjari III Tjakamarra’s paintings concern the activities of the Tingari, the ancestral beings who travelled across the land and gave people the law. Because the stories relating to the Tingari are deeply religious in nature, their innermost details are not divulged publicly. The public interpretation of this work relates it to a flock of Emu Ancestors who travelled from near Haasts Bluff to an area due west of Walungurru (the Kintore Range in the west of the Northern Territory), close to the artist’s homelands.

    The route takes the ancestors past a series of low hills, rockholes in granite outcrops and claypans. The site depicted in the painting is a long shallow depression in which, after rains, claypans fill with water and the vegetation is lush in comparison to the surrounding spinifex-dominated sand-plain and sandhill country. Tjakamarra’s choice of palette seems to reflect the colours of this landscape: the dark grey of the claypans, the rich brown and black of the surrounding low sandstone and ironstone hills, and the white of the limestone-like depression.[1]

    Tjakamarra and his family were among the last of the Pintupi groups to leave their ancestral lands in the Gibson Desert. In 1966 they went to the government settlement of Papunya where, five years later, Tjakamarra was among the first group of artists who began creating flat portable paintings intended for the public domain, which was the foundation of the modern painting movement in the western deserts.

    Wally Caruana

    [1] The description of this painting is based on notes provided by R G Kimber.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
    From: Franchesca Cubillo and Wally Caruana (eds) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: collection highlights National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2010

  • 阿纳嘉瑞三世·加卡马拉 (Anatjari III TJAKAMARRA)
    《鸸鹋故事》(Emu Story)
    48.0(高) x 31.0 (宽) 厘米
    1988年彼得·范宁(Peter Fannin)收藏的早期西部沙漠画
    收录号:NGA 98.82

    阿纳嘉瑞三世·加卡马拉(Anatjari III Tjakamarra)绘画的主题涉及廷加瑞(Tingari)人的活动,符合其高贵的仪式地位,廷加瑞人是周游各地并为人民制定法律的先人。因为与廷加瑞相关的故事在本质上具有很深的宗教色彩,其最深层的细节不为公众所知。这幅作品的公开解释关乎一群鸸鹋祖先,他们从哈斯特布拉夫(Haasts Bluff)附近迁徙到瓦伦咕噜(Walungurru)(北领地西面的金托尔山脉)正西面地一个地方,靠近艺术家的故乡。


    宾土比(Pintupi)族群里最后离开吉布森沙漠(Gibson Desert)祖居地的人中有加卡马拉及家人。1966年,他们去了帕普尼亚的政府定居点,五年后,加卡马拉加入了首个为公众创作平面轻便式绘画的艺术家团体,为西部沙漠地区的现代绘画运动奠定了基础。

    Wally Caruana

    [1] 本画描述基于R G金伯尔(R G Kimber)的描述。

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra