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JAKE TJAPALTJARRI

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BIOGRAPHY

Artist: Jake Tjapaltjarri (Tjungurrayi)
Skin Name: Tjapaltjarri
Born: c.1970
Region: Kiwirrkurra/Gibson Desert
Language: Warlpiri
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Tingari Cycle.

 

ABOUT ARTIST

Jake was born at Kiwirrkurra in 1970. Jake is the son of highly acclaimed artist George "Hairbrush" Tjungurrayi. Jake certainly has a bright artistic future with similar styles to his father. He is a rising star who is creating a lot of interest

with collectors worldwide. Jake paints the Tingari cycle which has been taught to him by his father

The mysterious "Tingari" is a creation myth that refers to a group of ancestral elders who embarked upon periodic epic journeys through vast tracts of the Gibson/Western Deserts. As they travelled, they performed sacred and mystical rituals which opened up new land. The adventures of these Tingari groups are enshrined in numerous song and painting cycles which still inform the Pintupi people today. With no written language, the songs and paintings of the Tingari Cycle form an integral part of the "passing down" of the ancient laws, Dreamings and Culture to the next generation of initiates known as the Punyunyu. The Pintupi were a nomadic people who wandered over incredible distances from west of Lake MacKay in Western Australia to just east of Kintore in the Northern Territory. Their very survival depended upon their intimate knowledge of the land and the exact position of the next underground waterhole. The remarkable paintings of the Pintupi are in effect aerial view landscapes sometimes on a scale that reflects the vastness of their Country. These paintings map not only the physical landscape, but also the spiritual element and how the two interact. Indeed, the Pintupi lands are so remote that only as recently as 1984, a family group of nine Pintupi speakers walked out the desert into the small community at Kiwirrkura just inside the Western Australian border. These people had lived undetected and completely unaware of Western Culture. When they walked into the 20th Century, they brought with them intact Dreamings and lore that stretched back tens of thousands of years.

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