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Paintings from PatjarrPaintings from Spinifex Country

Gwion

The paintings below are by members of the Spinifex Arts Project from a remote area in the east of Western Australia (Spinifex Country).

The Spinifex Arts Project grew out of a Native Title claim in which the traditional owners of desert country in the Great Victoria Desert sought and secured title over their lands. During preparation of the claim, artists recorded their connection to their country in the form of a series of large and magnificent paintings. From this experience, the artists have continued to express their connection to the Spinifex country.

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Kathleen Donegan
Title: Tjuntun
Price: $3500.00 in Australia and Export.
PA1504, 2011
Acrylic on linen canvas
132 x 133 cm
Kathleen was born in the Great Victoria Desert where she lived with her immediate family until she was a young woman. In this painting Kathleen combines the two areas of Tjuntun and Tjintirkara. The large white roundels represent the large rockhole of Tjintirkara which is situated on the border of WA and SA. Tjintirkara is physically a very large and open rockhole surrounded by dozens of small holes in the rockbed. In Spinifex lore these physical features hold the story of Tjintirtjintir the Willy Wagtail woman. Tjintirtjintir was camped alone at Tjintirkara when a violent storm swept through the area. Awoken from her sleep she dashed for another location and was hit and killed by huge hailstones. These stones left the unusual impressions in the rock. Tjintirtjintir is an important women's site widely known across the Western Desert.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods
Title: Yampil
Price: $2600.00 in Australia and Export.
PA1502, 2008
Acrylic on linen canvas
91 x 110 cm
Tjaruwa has painted her homeland of Yampil, an area in northern Spinifex. This is sandhill country, with Spinifex and Mulga trees and very sparse water deposits usually in the form of rockholes which are quite small or soak water which you have to dig for. To survive in this western desert area it is essential to know where to find the water and this knowledge has been passed down over thousands of years from generation to generation. Tjaruwa has painted the rockholes of Tjiru, Pakutjatjara, Waltjapi, Kamanti, Waltjipi, Pur Pur,Pulitja, Kapi Wiyatjara, Pulitja and Tjiwara. The two half circles represent the camps of the Wati Kutjara story that is present in this area.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods
Title: Waratata
Price: $2900.00 in Australia and Export.
PA1501, 2014
Acrylic on linen canvas
85 x 110 cm
Tjaruwa has painted the area around which she was born and grew up. Her family was the last people to emerge from the Great Victoria Desert in 1986 where she maintained a traditional hunter gatherer lifestyle until the wider Spinifex group decided to "bring them in." In this work she has painted Minyma Tjilkamata (the Echidna Woman) Tjukurpa from Waratata. The woman left the rock hole and travelled to Watjula a large rocky area in breakaway country. She died here and her body forms the large rock formations. Here water is to be found not in rockholes but in the crevices and cracks within the rock surface.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Lawrence Pennington
Title: Wati Kutjara
Price: SOLD
PA1500, 2014
Acrylic on linen canvas
60 x 75 cm
Lawrence has painted Wati Kutjara, which is a major Spinifex site on the northern boundary of the Spinifex Lands. From Pukara Two Men (Wati Kutjara), a father and a son travel across the country on initiation business. As a child the son was teased and grew up to have a menacing look in his eyes. The people were scared and appealed to the father to take him away as he had become dangerous. One day the son arose early and in the morning fog and set a trap for the people, luring them in close with the smell of kaliny-kalinypa and ultultkunpa, sweet foods. As people came close the son ate them. To this day people approach the rock hole here with great care making sure the snakes are settled down with smoke first.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66

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