Papunya

The desert community of Papunya, 150 miles northwest of Alice Springs, holds a special place in the story of Australian Aboriginal Art. It was here that the Desert Painting movement took hold at the beginning of the 1970s.

 

The community itself dated from 1959. Nomadic aboriginals from many different language groups (including Luritja, Pintupi and Anmatyerr) had been brought together and settled here by the government. Many felt deracinated and abandoned, their cultural traditions under threat. This began to change in 1971 with the arrival of young Sydney art-teacher, Geoffrey Bardon, who encouraged some of the aboriginal men to paint one of their traditional 'Dreaming' motifs as a mural on the local school building. The project produced a great outpouring of artistic and cultural expression - with many men beginning to set down designs in paint on board. This marked the beginnings of a painting movement that spread, gradually, to other desert communities across Australia, and awoke the world to the richness and vitality of Aboriginal artistic tradition.

 

Amongst that first generation of painters from Papunya, were Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - all of whom have exhibited at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. Clifford Possum came to London twice for his major one-man shows in 1988 and 1990, and Rebecca was instrumental not only in his meeting the Queen (and presenting her with one of his paintings), but also in his providing a design for the tail-fins of the re-branded British Airways fleet. 

 

The initial impetus of the art movement at Papunya has been sustained by subsequent generations of both male and female painters. And the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery has continued to exhibit works by leading artists from the community, including Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Ningura Napurrula and Anatjari Tjakamarra.

  • Papunya Artworks

    • Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Yumarra, 2000
      Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Yumarra, 2000
    • Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Yumarra Rockhole, 2001
      Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Yumarra Rockhole, 2001
    • Carol Nampitjinpa, Tangari, 2015
      Carol Nampitjinpa, Tangari, 2015
    • Joy Maxwell Nampitjinpa, Untitled, 2015
      Joy Maxwell Nampitjinpa, Untitled, 2015
    • Kawayi Nampitjinpa, Untitled, 2011
      Kawayi Nampitjinpa, Untitled, 2011
    • Kawayi Nampitjinpa, Untitled, 2012
      Kawayi Nampitjinpa, Untitled, 2012
    • Yinarupa Nangala, Untitled, 2013
      Yinarupa Nangala, Untitled, 2013
    • Yinarupa Nangala, Mukula II, 2016
      Yinarupa Nangala, Mukula II, 2016
    • Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, Untitled, n.d.
      Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, Untitled, n.d.
    • Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, E.T with a Broken Arm After Drinking Two Cans of Beer, 2000
      Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, E.T with a Broken Arm After Drinking Two Cans of Beer, 2000
    • Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri, Wilkinkarra II, 2014
      Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri, Wilkinkarra II, 2014
    • Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri, Wilkinkarra, 2017
      Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri, Wilkinkarra, 2017
    • Takariya Napaltjarri, Untitled, 1999
      Takariya Napaltjarri, Untitled, 1999
    • Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Women at Umari Rockhole, 1998
      Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Women at Umari Rockhole, 1998
    • Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Women's Ceremony at Umari, 2001
      Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, Women's Ceremony at Umari, 2001
    • Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Rock holes West of Kintore, 2010
      Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Rock holes West of Kintore, 2010
    • Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Rock Hole, 2010
      Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Rock Hole, 2010
    • Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Blue Tongue Lizard Rock Hole, 2010
      Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Blue Tongue Lizard Rock Hole, 2010
    • Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Rock hole and Tali, 2010
      Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Rock hole and Tali, 2010
    • Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Rockhole , 2011
      Wentja Morgan Napaltjarri, Rockhole , 2011
    • Wintjiya (Winnie) Napaltjarri, Watanuma, 2001
      Wintjiya (Winnie) Napaltjarri, Watanuma, 2001
    • Katungka Napanangka, Salt Pan 1, n.d.
      Katungka Napanangka, Salt Pan 1, n.d.
    • Lorna Napanangka, Untitled, 2015
      Lorna Napanangka, Untitled, 2015
    • Nanyuma Napangati, Tjintulakan Punya, 1999
      Nanyuma Napangati, Tjintulakan Punya, 1999
    • Nanyuma Napangati, Minna Minna, 2001
      Nanyuma Napangati, Minna Minna, 2001
    • Yalti Napangati, Untitled, 2000
      Yalti Napangati, Untitled, 2000
    • Yalti Napangati, Wirrulnga, 2014
      Yalti Napangati, Wirrulnga, 2014
    • Yalti Napangati, Marrapinti, 2016
      Yalti Napangati, Marrapinti, 2016
    • Ningura Napurrula, Desert Raisin Dreaming, 2001
      Ningura Napurrula, Desert Raisin Dreaming, 2001
    • Kim Napurrula, Untitled, 2015
      Kim Napurrula, Untitled, 2015
    • Walangkura Reid Napurrula, Dale Creek, 2001
      Walangkura Reid Napurrula, Dale Creek, 2001
    • Walangkura Reid Napurrula, Untitled, 2005
      Walangkura Reid Napurrula, Untitled, 2005
    • Malcolm Jagamarra Nelson, Warna - The Black Headed Python, 2001
      Malcolm Jagamarra Nelson, Warna - The Black Headed Python, 2001
    • Nancy Nungurrayi, Women Gathering at Marrapinti, 2001
      Nancy Nungurrayi, Women Gathering at Marrapinti, 2001
    • Nancy Nungurrayi, Untitled, 2001
      Nancy Nungurrayi, Untitled, 2001
    • Gabriella Possum, Bush Fire Dreaming, 1998
      Gabriella Possum, Bush Fire Dreaming, 1998
    • Anatjari Tjakamarra, Tingari Cycle, 1988
      Anatjari Tjakamarra, Tingari Cycle, 1988
    • Anatjari Tjakamarra, Tjingari Cycle, 1989
      Anatjari Tjakamarra, Tjingari Cycle, 1989
    • Anatjari Tjakamarra, Tingari Cycle, c 1989
      Anatjari Tjakamarra, Tingari Cycle, c 1989
    • Jacky Tjakamarra, Tingari Cycle, 1989
      Jacky Tjakamarra, Tingari Cycle, 1989
    • Maxie Tjampitjinpa, Bush Fire Dreaming , 1990
      Maxie Tjampitjinpa, Bush Fire Dreaming , 1990
    • Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, 1996
      Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, 1996
    • Raymond Maxwell Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, 2013
      Raymond Maxwell Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, 2013
    • Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Water Dreaming, 1996
      Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Water Dreaming, 1996
    • Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, 1996
      Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, 1996
    • Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Water Dreaming, 2000
      Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Water Dreaming, 2000
    • Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tingari, 2000
      Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tingari, 2000
    • Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tingari , 2000
      Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tingari , 2000
    • Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tingari Cycle, n.d.
      Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tingari Cycle, n.d.
    • Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, n.d.
      Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, n.d.
    • Ray James Tjangala, Tingari, 2000
      Ray James Tjangala, Tingari, 2000
    • Ray James Tjangala, Tingari, 2000
      Ray James Tjangala, Tingari, 2000
    • Ray James Tjangala, Tingari , 2000
      Ray James Tjangala, Tingari , 2000
    • Ray James Tjangala, Tingari, 2000
      Ray James Tjangala, Tingari, 2000
    • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Worm, Napperby Station, 1990
      Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Worm, Napperby Station, 1990
    • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Spear Dreaming, 1995
      Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Spear Dreaming, 1995
    • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emu Dreaming, 1996
      Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emu Dreaming, 1996
    • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Lightning Dreaming - Mount Allen , c.1995
      Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Lightning Dreaming - Mount Allen , c.1995
    • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Spear Dreaming - South of Naperby, c.1995
      Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Spear Dreaming - South of Naperby, c.1995
    • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Possum & Rock Wallaby Dreaming - Napperby, c.1995
      Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Possum & Rock Wallaby Dreaming - Napperby, c.1995
    • Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
      Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
    • Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
      Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
    • Hilary Tjapaltjarri, Pirruwaltja, 2015
      Hilary Tjapaltjarri, Pirruwaltja, 2015
    • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Tjingarri Dreaming- Tinku, 1993
      Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Tjingarri Dreaming- Tinku, 1993
    • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Untitled, 1994
      Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Untitled, 1994
    • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Wallaby Dreaming, 1996
      Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Wallaby Dreaming, 1996
    • Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 1998
      Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 1998
    • Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle , 1999
      Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle , 1999
    • Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
      Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
    • Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
      Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
    • Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
      Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari Cycle, 2000
    • Andrew Spencer Tjapaltjarri, Untitled, 2015
      Andrew Spencer Tjapaltjarri, Untitled, 2015
    • Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka, Untitled, 1988
      Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka, Untitled, 1988
    • Charlie Tjapangati, Manakurranya, 2016
      Charlie Tjapangati, Manakurranya, 2016
    • Charlie Tjapangati, Pirrinya, 2016
      Charlie Tjapangati, Pirrinya, 2016
    • George Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2013
      George Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2013
    • George Tjungurrayi, Unkunya, 2014
      George Tjungurrayi, Unkunya, 2014
    • George Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2014
      George Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2014
    • George Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2014
      George Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2014
    • George Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2014
      George Tjungurrayi, Untitled, 2014
    • Willy Tjungurrayi, Tingari Cycle, 2013
      Willy Tjungurrayi, Tingari Cycle, 2013
    • Turkey Tolsen Tjupurrula, Bushfire Dreaming, 1975
      Turkey Tolsen Tjupurrula, Bushfire Dreaming, 1975
    • Unknown Artist, Tingari , n.d.
      Unknown Artist, Tingari , n.d.