Tingari #846


The lines and stripes in this painting by Willy Tjungurrayi show a very different style of painting compared to his earlier works. These early paintings corresponded to the classical dot-line-circle patterns and symbols, which have become typical for contemporary Aboriginal art of the Western Desert.

In the 1990’s Willy Tjungurrayi started to develop a different style, in which the images have seem to be simplified. The subtly constructed line-paintings actually still describe the landscape and therefore places where events linked to the journeys of the spiritual Tingari ancestors occurred.

With this line-painting style, Willy Tjungurrayi uses an individually developed visual language to convey his vision. You can imagine the sand dunes or other landscape features in this painting. Despite their repetitious character, each line presents a new and unexpected variation. Lines break, diverge, converge and explode. Together with the delicate transitions of colour on a black background, this creates a painting in which you can feel the waving rhythms move.


2005: Painted by the artist for the Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Melbourne, Australia;
Private collection, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, The Netherlands;

Willy Tjungurrayi

b. 1932

Willy Tjungurrayi was born around the year 1930 at Patjantja, near Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) in de Western Desert of Australia. He grew up in the bush living a traditional life with his brothers Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and George Tjungurrayi, both prominent Pintupi painters. Willy and his family were brought to Haasts Bluff in the 1950s. In 1976 they moved to Papunya where he starte . . .
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