Kanya Tjapangati

- Papunya 1982
  • oil on canvas
183.7 cm x 76 cm

The distinctive grid of concentric circles and connecting lines is one of the most formal designs in Central Desert art. It relates to a series of sacred sites and ancestral men and women whose activities and travels are celebrated in a series of ceremonies. The nature of the Tingari ceremonies is most secret and few details are revealed to the uninitiated. The agate-like patterns achieved by the artist act as strong spatial contrast to the stark white grid providing an intense visual interaction between foreground and background.

Source: Michael O'Farrell, in The Song of the Lamb: The Wesfarmers Collection of Australia


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The Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Custodians of Country and recognises their continuing connection to land, sea, culture and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

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