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Ray James TJANGALA

Pintupi people

Yunala Rockhole, West of Kiwirrkurra, Australia born 1955 /1958

Untitled 2004 Place made: Kiwirrkurra, Gibson Desert/Western Desert, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Dimensions: 183.0 h x 244.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Ray Wilson OAM in memory of James Agapitos OAM 2010. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession No: NGA 2010.273
Image rights: © the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

Ray James Tjangala is a Pintupi artist. He was born around 1958 at Yunala rockhole, west of Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia, and is the son of Anatjari Tjampitjinpa and Tjunkaya Napangati. Tjampitjinpa and his family were one of the last groups to come in from the dessert in 1963 under the Welfare Patrols led by the young patrol officer Jeremy Long. They had encountered Long at the Wudungunya rockhole, north-west of Jupiter Well, before moving to the Papunya settlement in the Northern Territory.

Tjampitjinpa was a founding member of Papunya Tula Artists in 1971 and Tjangala began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in the early 1990s. Tjangala currently resides at Kiwirrkurra and has exhibited regularly in Paris, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Australia.

His works typically feature a geometric grid of undulating squares. However, Untitled features dotted lines of fine rolling waves in greys, browns and pale creams, giving the impression of heavy clouds rolling across a darkened sky and rain falling in contrasting colours across the canvas.

Some aspects of this painting are secret and are known only to the initiated. However, we do know that it depicts the site of Yunala, which is west of Kiwirrkurra and is where a large group of mythological Tingari men camped before they travelled east to Pinari, north-west of Kintore. While at Yunala, the Tingari men collected bush banana, an edible root otherwise known as silky pear vine (Marsdenia australis), which was readily available throughout the area.

Untitled was generously gifted to the National Gallery of Australia in 2010 by Ray Wilson OAM in memory of James Agapitos OAM and is a wonderful addition to the Gallery's collection of art by Pintupi artists. This mesmerising work sits seamlessly alongside other great abstract paintings by Australian artists on display at the National Gallery of Australia.

Tina Baum
Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
in artonview, issue 63, spring 2010

in artonview, issue 63, spring 2010

Ray James Tjangala is the son of Anatjari Tjampitjinpa. Tjampitjinpa and his family were one of the last groups to come in from the desert in 1963 and he became one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists in 1971. His son Tjangala began painting for the cooperative in the early 1990s.

Many of Tjangala’s paintings typically feature a geometric interlocking grid or concentric squares. However, in this work the artist uses repeated lines of fine undulating waves in greys, browns and pale creams lightly outlined in black, giving the impression of heavy clouds across a rain-laden sky with rivers of rain falling, again in contrasting colours, across the canvas.

Although some aspects of this painting are secret in nature, what is known about Untitled is that it depicts the site of Yunala, where the artist was born, west of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. In ancient times a large group of ancestral Tingari Men camped at Yunala before travelling east to Pinari, north-west of Kintore. Whilst at Yunala they collected the bush banana (an edible root otherwise known as silky pear vine), which was readily available throughout this area.

Tina Baum


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

杨咖拉·雷·詹姆斯 (TJANGALA, Ray James)
《无题》(Untitled)
2004年
帆布材质,合成聚合颜料
183.00(高) x 244.00(宽)厘米
2010.273

Ray Wilson于2010年通过澳大利亚政府文化馈赠计划捐赠,以纪念澳大利亚勋章获得者James Agapitos

雷·詹姆斯·杨咖拉是阿拉加瑞·简皮金帕(Anatjari Tjampitjinpa)的儿子。简皮金帕及家人是1963年从沙漠迁过来的最后部落之一,1971年他参与创办了帕潘亚图拉艺术家合作社(Papunya Tula Artists)。1990年代,他儿子杨咖拉开始为合作社画画。

几何图形的联锁网格或同心正方形是杨咖拉众多画作的典型特征。然而,艺术家在作品中使用了精细灰色、棕色和淡黄色的波纹复线,并用黑色轻轻勾勒,给人留下天空中浓密雨云的印象,又在帆布上用反差颜色描绘出倾盆大雨的情景。

虽然这幅画作的有些方面无法从本质上得到解释,但众所周知的是,《无题》描绘的地方是杨纳拉(Yunala),即艺术家的出生地,位于西澳大利亚吉威库拉(Kiwirrkura)社区的西边。在古代,一大群廷噶瑞(Tingari)人祖先临时居住于杨纳拉,随后向东迁往皮那瑞(Pinari),向西北迁往金托尔(Kintore)。滞留杨纳拉期间,他们采摘灌木芭蕉(一种可食用根,也叫丝梨葡萄树),整个地区都有,唾手可得。

Tina Baum
蒂娜·鲍姆


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra