Willy Tjungarrayi

DOB: 1930
COMMUNITY:Papunya, Walungurru (Kintore) – Northern Territory

Born at Patjantja in the area of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), Willy Tjungurrayi came to Haasts Bluff and then he moved to Papunya.  He is the younger brother of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (Now deceased) who was a very well know artist.  In 1976, Willy Tjungurrayi commenced painting the traditional Tingari cycle of stories for Papunya Tula Artists.

Stories from the Tingari Dreaming song cycle, and the land around Haast Bluff, Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) and Kaakuratintja (Lake McDonald) are Willy Tjungurrayi two great linked themes.  For some subjects Willy paints dozens of dotted roundels (concentric circles), linked by parallel lines, the spaces between them filled with primary and mixed colours, a depiction of the travels and stopping places of the Tingari Men, an image of the rhythmic repetition of the songs associated with the Tjukurpa (Creation era or Dreaming).  More recently hundreds of endless wavy lines in an monochrome shimmer across the canvas on a pale background.  These paintings illustrate (or witness, might be more correct), the sand hills and the fierce hailstorm that killed the ancestral Tingari Men in the Dreamtime

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