Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri
synthetic polymer paint on composition board
64 x 50 cm
Flinders University Art Museum 1684
© the artist's estate, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency and Papunya Tula Artists
Photograph Chantel Mazurkiewicz
|A series of works on paper by Turkey Tjupurrula Tolson and David Corby Tjapaltjarri made during their Artist in Residence at the Museum in 1979 was the University’s first purchase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. In 1980 during a research trip to south-central Northern Territory, 122 boards were acquired from Papunya Tula Artists Inc., many of which are now nationally significant. The collection includes works by Anatjari Tjakamarra, Old Tutuma Tjapangati, Tim Tjapaltjarri Leura, Old Mick Walangkari Tjakamarra, Walter Tjampitjinpa, Johnny Tjupurrula Warangkula, Charlie Tjungarrayi Tarawa, Mick Tjapaltjarri Namarari, Uta Uta Tjangala, Nosepeg Tjupurrula and Lungkarda Shorty Tjungarrayi. |
The Museum’s research into the bourgeoning Western Desert movement and active collecting in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in two pioneering exhibitions: Dot and Circle: a retrospective survey of the Aboriginal acrylic paintings of Central Australia, 1986, in collaboration with Jenny Zimmer of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Twenty-five years and Beyond: Papunya Tula Painting, 1999. The scholarly publications that accompanied the exhibitions are considered landmarks in the documentation of the origins of Western Desert art.