Papunya Tula - Through the Years (1999-2017)

Papunya Tula - Through the Years (1999-2017)


23 Mar 2024

Papunya Tula
Through the Years (1999-2017)

A Collection of Fine Papunya Tula Indigenous Art

ReDot Fine Art Gallery at ArtStage 2015, Singapore.

© Image courtesy of ReDot Fine Art Gallery.

ReDot Fine Art Gallery respects Indigenous communities and culture and advocates the practice of purchasing exclusively from community art centre organisations.


Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this publication may contain images, names, references and/or stories of deceased persons which may cause sadness or distress.


Papunya Tula logo on rock art at secret location in desert.

© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

ReDot Fine Art Gallery

in collaboration with

presents

PAPUNYA TULA
THROUGH THE YEARS
(1999-2017)

A Collection of Fine Papunya Tula Indigenous Art

23 Mar | 31 May 2024

Ningura Napurrula painting in art centre.

© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.
CHARLIE TJAPANGATI (dec)

Tjiparitjarra

CT0808127 (2008)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
CHARLIE TJAPANGATI (dec)

Tjiparitjarra
CT0808127 (2008)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
183 x 244cm | 72 x 96.1in
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JOSEPH JURRA TJAPALTJARRI (dec)

Yunala

JJ0707088 (2007)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
JOSEPH JURRA TJAPALTJARRI (dec)

Yunala
JJ0707088 (2007)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
153 x 122cm | 60.2 x 48in
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WALANGKURA NAPANANGKA (dec)

Sandhills of Malparingya

WN0411162 (2004)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
WALANGKURA NAPANANGKA (dec)

Sandhills of Malparingya
WN0411162 (2004)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
153 x 122cm | 60.2 x 48in
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NINGURA NAPURRULA (dec)

Wirrulnga

NN0807042 (2008)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
NINGURA NAPURRULA (dec)

Wirrulnga
NN0807042 (2008)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
153 x 122cm | 60.2 x 48in
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Kawayi Nampitjinpa sitting on a major work in progress.

© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

Papunya Tula | Through the Years


The ReDot Fine Art Gallery is always extremely proud to be able to welcome back the beautiful work(s) of Australia’s foremost Aboriginal art community, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd. With the gallery now in its 20th year of operations, we looked back and reflected on our partnership with Papunya Tula and all the extraordinary exhibitions.

There have been 17 dedicated shows, some incredible solos thrown into the mix, with many works subsequently travelling to all four corners of the world and been exhibited in many museum shows in the process.

We marked the galleries 10th anniversary with a major show at ArtStage in Singapore, which opened the eyes of the Asian collector base to this movement and showcased works which now read like an almanac of Indigenous power and greatness.

This year we thought we would look back, and reflect, on these shows and many other events that included this colossal institution.
We have always been honoured to be Papunya Tula’s only official representative in Asia, not to mention one of literally only a handful globally.

So, Papunya Tula - Through the Years (1999-2017) showcases works from the last 20 years. Works in my collection, works never seen before and a sprinkling of other gems from our extensive stockroom. This show doesn’t exhaust our commitment to the community, search the website....

There are many many more...
Enjoy the selection, which is of the highest international standards, and be drawn into the link between land, spiritual being, and connectivity, teaching us of the ways of the oldest living culture on this planet.

Giorgio Pilla
March 2024

YINARUPA NANGALA

Mukula

YN1304023 (2013)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
YINARUPA NANGALA

Mukula
YN1304023 (2013)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
153 x 122cm | 60.2 x 48in
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KANYA TJAPANGATI (dec)

Yaltintja

KT0406242 (2004)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
KANYA TJAPANGATI (dec)

Yaltintja
KT0406242 (2004)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
153 x 122cm | 60.2 x 48in
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NYURAPAYIA NAMPITJINPA (dec)

Yumarra

NN9911134 (1999)
Acrylic on Canvas
NYURAPAYIA NAMPITJINPA (dec)

Yumarra
NN9911134 (1999)
Acrylic on Canvas
152 x 122cm | 59.8 x 48in
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FRANK WARD TJUPURRULA

Walipintili

FW0609200 (2006)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
FRANK WARD TJUPURRULA

Walipintili
FW0609200 (2006)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 122cm | 48 x 48in
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The Papunya Tula Art Movement began in 1971 when a school teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, encouraged some of the men to paint a blank school wall.

The murals sparked off tremendous interest in the community and soon many men started painting.

In 1972 the artists successfully established their own company.
The company is entirely owned and directed by traditional Aboriginal people from the Western Desert, predominantly of the Luritja/Pintupi language groups.

It has 49 shareholders and now represents around 120 artists.

The company derives its name from Papunya, a settlement 240km north-west of Alice Springs.

Waterhole in Western Desert Country.

© Text and image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.
BOBBY WEST TJUPURRULA

Pinari

BW1311089 (2013)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
BOBBY WEST TJUPURRULA

Pinari
BW1311089 (2013)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 91cm | 48 x 35.8in
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NINGURA NAPURRULA (dec)

Wirrulnga

NN1009121 (2010)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
NINGURA NAPURRULA (dec)

Wirrulnga
NN1009121 (2010)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 122cm | 48 x 48in
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EILEEN NAPALTJARRI

Tjiturrulpa

EN0611051 (2006)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
EILEEN NAPALTJARRI

Tjiturrulpa
EN0611051 (2006)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
153 x 122cm | 60.2 x 48in
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YINARUPA NANGALA

Mukula

YN1410047 (2014)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
YINARUPA NANGALA

Mukula
YN1410047 (2014)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 91cm | 48 x 35.8in
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Paul Sweeney with Morris Gibson looking at Selfies.

© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

Paul Sweeney with Morris Gibson looking at Selfies.

© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

Papunya settlement was established as an administrative centre by the government for the Aboriginal people who had moved in from the desert. Since then many Pintupi and Luritja people have moved back to their homelands and continue their strong ceremonial ties to the land.

Following the homelands movement of the 1980s, the company constructed studios in the newly established communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkura, extending operations into Western Australia as far as 700km west of Alice Springs.

The Papunya Tula painting style derives directly from the artists’ knowledge of traditional body and sand painting associated with ceremony. Portraying these ancestral creation stories for the public has required the removal of sacred symbols and the careful monitoring of ancestral designs.

The work of the Papunya Tula artists is highly regarded around the world. The unmistakable and powerful style of the work has resulted in the Papunya Tula artists being represented in most public galleries, major museums, institutions and many large private collections within Australia as well as overseas.

The aim of the company is to promote individual artists, provide economic development for the communities to which they belong, and assist in the maintenance of a rich cultural heritage.

Text courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

Papunya Tula

"A meeting place for all brothers and cousins"

-Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru)

Tom Onion Tjapangati (left) talking with Geoffrey Bardon, Papunya, 1973.

© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

Papunya Tula

"A meeting place for all brothers and cousins"

Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru)

Tom Onion Tjapangati (left) talking with Geoffrey Bardon, Papunya, 1973.

© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.
JOHNNY YUNGUT TJUPURRULA (dec)

Soakage Water Site of Ngaminya

JY1104134 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
JOHNNY YUNGUT TJUPURRULA (dec)

Soakage Water Site of Ngaminya
JY1104134 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 91cm | 48 x 35.8in
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KUTUNGKA NAPANANGKA (dec)

Yulkarpa

KN1006099 (2010)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
KUTUNGKA NAPANANGKA (dec)

Yulkarpa
KN1006099 (2010)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
107 x 91cm | 42.1 x 35.8in
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JOHNNY YUNGUT TJUPURRULA (dec)

Soakage Water Site of Ngalpurrunya

JY0812115 (2008)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
JOHNNY YUNGUT TJUPURRULA (dec)

Soakage Water Site of Ngalpurr…
JY0812115 (2008)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
91 x 91cm | 35.8 x 35.8in
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MORRIS GIBSON TJAPALTJARRI (dec)

Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald)

MG1703033 (2017)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
MORRIS GIBSON TJAPALTJARRI (dec)

Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald)
MG1703033 (2017)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 91cm | 48 x 35.8in
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Western Desert Rainbow.

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β€œThe name 'Papunya Tula' was born at a gathering with some painters at Charley Creek in Alice Springs in June 1972. I recall saying that morning, "What do you want to call the company?". With me were two Pintupi men, Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru) and Mick Namerari Tjapaltjarri, and one Anmatjira Aranda, Tim Leura.

Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru) blurted out, as if he'd known all his life, "Papunya Tula"... Then I asked, "Does that keep all the mobs happy?". Everyone said, "Yes, yes, yes," that it did very much; and that morning Papunya Tula became a living idea, and everyone was very happy.”

β€œThe name 'Papunya Tula' was born at a gathering with some painters at Charley Creek in Alice Springs in June 1972. I recall saying that morning, "What do you want to call the company?". With me were two Pintupi men, Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru) and Mick Namerari Tjapaltjarri, and one Anmatjira Aranda, Tim Leura.

Charlie Tarawa (Tjaruru) blurted out, as if he'd known all his life, "Papunya Tula"... Then I asked, "Does that keep all the mobs happy?". Everyone said, "Yes, yes, yes," that it did very much; and that morning Papunya Tula became a living idea, and everyone was very happy.”

Source: Papunya Tula Art of The Western Desert (1991 pp. 36) by Geoffrey Bardon,Victoria, VIC: Penguin Books Australia.

Source: Papunya Tula Art of The Western Desert (1991 pp. 36) by Geoffrey Bardon,Victoria, VIC: Penguin Books Australia.

MORRIS GIBSON TJAPALTJARRI (dec)

Kulkuta

MG1211040 (2012)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
MORRIS GIBSON TJAPALTJARRI (dec)

Kulkuta
MG1211040 (2012)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 61cm | 48 x 24in
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NYILYARI TJAPANGATI

Wilkinkarra

NT1004101 (2010)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
NYILYARI TJAPANGATI

Wilkinkarra
NT1004101 (2010)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 61cm | 48 x 24in
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RICHARD YUKENBARRI TJAKAMARRA

Karliarngu

RY1106072 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
RICHARD YUKENBARRI TJAKAMARRA

Karliarngu
RY1106072 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 91cm | 48 x 35.8in
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KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Tjukurla

KB1402070 (2014)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Tjukurla
KB1402070 (2014)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
107 x 91cm | 42.1 x 35.8in
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LORNA BROWN NAPANANGKA

Warren Creek

LB0810153 (2008)
Acrylic on Linen
LORNA BROWN NAPANANGKA

Warren Creek
LB0810153 (2008)
Acrylic on Linen
122 x 91cm | 48 x 35.8in
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NYURAPAYIA NAMPITJINPA (dec)

Rockhole Site - Yumarra

NN0602008 (2006)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
NYURAPAYIA NAMPITJINPA (dec)

Rockhole Site - Yumarra
NN0602008 (2006)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
122 x 91cm | 48 x 35.8in
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NANYUMA NAPANGATI

Marrapinti

NN1611048 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
NANYUMA NAPANGATI

Marrapinti
NN1611048 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
91 x 122cm | 35.8 x 48in
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MATTHEW WEST TJUPURRULA

Winpulpula

MW1102045 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
MATTHEW WEST TJUPURRULA

Winpulpula
MW1102045 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
91 x 91cm | 35.8 x 35.8in
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NARRABRI NAKAMARRA (dec)

Payarrnga

NN0701029 (2007)
Acrylic on Canvas
NARRABRI NAKAMARRA (dec)

Payarrnga
NN0701029 (2007)
Acrylic on Canvas
153 x 61cm | 60.2 x 24in
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Sacred Site of Ngaminya.

© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.
TIMMY PAYUNGKA TJAPANGATI (dec)

Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay)

TN9901215 (1999)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
TIMMY PAYUNGKA TJAPANGATI (dec)

Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay)
TN9901215 (1999)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
91 x 61cm | 35.8 x 24in
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GEORGE TJUNGURRAYI

Kirrimalunya

GT1111097 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
GEORGE TJUNGURRAYI

Kirrimalunya
GT1111097 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
91 x 61cm | 35.8 x 24in
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TONY TJAKAMARRA

Water Dreaming at Ngutjun

TT0501098 (2005)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
TONY TJAKAMARRA

Water Dreaming at Ngutjun
TT0501098 (2005)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
168 x 46cm | 66.1 x 18.1in
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GEORGE TJUNGURRAYI

Ngamurrunya

GT1110046 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
GEORGE TJUNGURRAYI

Ngamurrunya
GT1110046 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
87 x 28cm | 34.3 x 11in
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© Image Courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

Ronnie TJAMPITJINPA

© Image Matt Frost, courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.
CHARLIE TJAPANGATI (dec)

Palipalintjanya

CT1611053 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
CHARLIE TJAPANGATI (dec)

Palipalintjanya
CT1611053 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
107 x 91cm | 42.1 x 35.8in
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RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA (dec)

Walungurru

RT1203083 (2012)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA (dec)

Walungurru
RT1203083 (2012)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
87 x 28cm | 34.3 x 11in
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RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA (dec)

Walungurru

RT1304046 (2013)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA (dec)

Walungurru
RT1304046 (2013)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
87 x 28cm | 34.3 x 11in
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WILLY TJUNGURRAYI (dec)

Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald)

WT1606088 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
WILLY TJUNGURRAYI (dec)

Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald)
WT1606088 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
61 x 55cm | 24 x 21.7in
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We started it, like a bushfire, this painting business, and it went every way: north, east, south, west,
Papunya in the middle.


Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 2010

We started it, like a bushfire, this painting business, and it went every way: north, east, south, west, Papunya in the middle.

Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, 2010
KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Ngaminya

KB1403089 (2014)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Ngaminya
KB1403089 (2014)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
91 x 46cm | 35.8 x 18.1in
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KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Wirrulnga

KB1312037 (2013)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Wirrulnga
KB1312037 (2013)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
91 x 46cm | 35.8 x 18.1in
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NANYUMA NAPANGATI

Marrapinti

NN1511032 (2015)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
NANYUMA NAPANGATI

Marrapinti
NN1511032 (2015)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
91 x 46cm | 35.8 x 18.1in
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CEDRIC BENNETT TJUNGURRAYI

Tarkulnga

CB1111034 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
CEDRIC BENNETT TJUNGURRAYI

Tarkulnga
CB1111034 (2011)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
61 x 55cm | 24 x 21.7in
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Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula works in the gallery.

© Image courtesy of ReDot Fine Art Gallery.

Papunya Tula works in the gallery.

© Image courtesy of ReDot Fine Art Gallery.
KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Tjukurla

KB1606038 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Tjukurla
KB1606038 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
46 x 38cm | 18.1 x 15in
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KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Tjukurla

KB1605089 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
KATARRA BUTLER NAPALTJARRI

Tjukurla
KB1605089 (2016)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
46 x 38cm | 18.1 x 15in
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NANCY NUNGURRAYI (dec)

Ngaminya

NN0812074 (2008)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
NANCY NUNGURRAYI (dec)

Ngaminya
NN0812074 (2008)
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
183 x 244cm | 72 x 96.1in
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in collaboration with

Ngami.

© Image Matt Frost, courtesy of Papunya Tula Artists.

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23 Mar 2024

The ReDot Fine Art Gallery is always extremely proud to be able to welcome back the beautiful work(s) of Australia’s foremost Aboriginal art community, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd.  With the gallery now in its 20th year of operations, we looked back and reflected on our partnership with Papunya Tula and all the extraordinary exhibitions.

There have been 17 dedicated shows, some incredible solos thrown into the mix, with many works subsequently travelling to all four corners of the world and been exhibited in many museum shows in the process.

We marked the galleries 10th anniversary with a major show at ArtStage in Singapore, which opened the eyes of the Asian collector base to this movement and showcased works which now read like an almanac of Indigenous power and greatness.

This year we thought we would look back, and reflect, on these shows and many other events that included this colossal institution.

We have always been honoured to be Papunya Tula’s only official representative in Asia, not to mention one of literally only a handful globally.

So, Papunya Tula - Through the Years (1999-2017) showcases works from the last 20 years.  Works in my collection, works never seen before and a sprinkling of other gems from our extensive stockroom.  This show doesn’t exhaust our commitment to the community, search the website....  

There are many many more...

Enjoy the selection, which is of the highest international standards, and be drawn into the link between land, spiritual being, and connectivity, teaching us of the ways of the oldest living culture on this planet.