Title: Tingari Cycle
Artist: Walala Tjapaltjarri
Size: 40 x 90 cm
Medium: Acrylic on canvas, unframed
COA and pictures of Thomas holding and signing his work will be provided.
Walala’s work depicts the stories of the Tingari cycle (sacred and secret songs about the ancestors of the of the Pintupi). Tingari are the legendary beings of the Pintupi people that travelled the desert performing rituals, teaching law, creating landforms and shaping what would become ceremonial sites. He uses only four colours at most, sticking to earthy, ochre colours to reflect the desert landscape. The places he depicts in his paintings are part of his traditional country, including Marruwa, Mintarnpi, Wanapatangu, Mina Mina, Naami, Yarrawangu and Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). These were places where the ancestors stopped for ceremonies when travelling across the country.The meanings behind Tingari paintings are multi-layered, however, those meaning are not available to the uninitiated.