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Uta Uta TJANGALA

Pintupi people

Australia 1920 – 1990

Man's Bush Tucker Dreaming [Man's bush tucker Dreaming] 1971 Description: (Bardon) No.26 Reproduced in Bardon 1979, pp.64-5. Reproduced in Bardon 1991, p.96.
Place made: Papunya, Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on composition board

Dimensions: 64.8 h x 16.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1993
Accession No: NGA 93.184
Image rights: © the estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

Uta Uta Tjangala was born at Yumari, a significant cultural site in the Dover Hills in Western Australia. He grew up in the Gibson Desert learning about his country and his culture. The central Australian drought of the late 1920s caused many Aboriginal families to leave their country and move toward government ration depots and missions, where food and resources were in regular supply. A community was established at Haasts Bluff in the 1930s to provide a safe haven for Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara, Arrarnta and Pintupi people, and Tjangala settled there in 1956. In 1958 he travelled back to the Kintore Range with historian and researcher Jeremy Long.

Tjangala was one of the first artists to paint at Papunya in 1971. His early works are dynamic topographical, visually rich cultural maps of country. His later paintings are large remarkable renditions of major Dreaming stories. As a mentor to younger artists, Tjangala often executed these large canvases in collaboration with junior painters who shared the same Dreamings and cultural obligations.

Man’s Bush Tucker Dreaming is unusual in the use of desert iconography. It is a close-up of the desert floor. The large shapes represent the footprints of a man searching for witchetty grubs in holes in the ground, depicted as circles. His boomerangs are represented at the top of the painting and the three orange lines in the lower left are marks made by his fingers in the sand.

Franchesca Cubillo


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

尤他·尤他·坦格拉 (Uta Uta TJANGALA)
澳大利亚北领地西部沙漠
《人的丛林食物梦幻》(Man's Bush Tucker Dreaming)
1971年
复合板,合成聚合物涂料
64.8(高) x 16.0(宽) 厘米
1993年购买
收录号:NGA 93.184

尤他·尤他·坦格拉(Uta Uta Tjangala)出生于玉玛里(Yumari)——西澳多佛山(Dover Hills)的一处重要文化景点。他在吉布森沙漠(Gibson Desert)成长,了解学习自己的部落和文化。1920年代发生在澳中部地区的干旱迫使众多土著家庭背井离乡,前往政府补给站和布道所,那里有正常的食物和物资供应。1930年代,哈斯特布拉夫建起一个社区,为瓦勒皮里(Warlpiri)、皮詹加加拉(Pitjantjatjara)和宾土比族人提供避难所,坦格拉于1956年来此定居。1958年,他陪伴历史学家兼研究员杰里米·龙(Jeremy Long)旅行回到金托尔山脉。

坦格拉是1971年开始在帕普尼亚绘画的艺术家之一。他的早期作品是充满活力的地形画,是形象化的丰富文化地图。后期作品尺幅大,精彩再现了重大的梦幻故事。作为青年艺术家的良师益友,坦格拉常常与梦幻和文化义务相同的晚辈艺术家联袂在大型帆布上作画。

《人的丛林美食梦幻》中沙漠图解的使用与众不同。是对沙漠地面的特写。大图形代表一个男子的足迹,他在地下洞穴中寻找用圆圈表示的木蠹蛾幼虫。画面顶部表现的是他的飞去来器(boomerangs),画面左下部的三条橙线是他的手指在沙中留下的痕迹。

Franchesca Cubillo
弗兰切西卡·库比尤


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra