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Pegleg Tjampitjinpa / Tingari

120cm x 90cm Acrylic on Linen, 2005

SKU: 9993

$6,500.00

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Pegleg was born around 1920 and lived in the vicinity of Wilkinkarra until 1957, in 1964 he moved to Yuendumu and then moved to Mount Liebig. He was a trustee of the Wilkinkarra Land Trust from 1984 until his passing in 2006.
 
Pegleg began painting when visiting his relative Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka at Walungurru. After Pinta Pinta’s death, and due to his failing eyesight, Pegleg stopped painting but resumed painting after an eye operation restored his sight. 
 
Pegleg’s paintings featured in the significant exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW ‘Papunya Tula – Genesis and Genius’ in 2000. He is represented in most major public and private collections throughout Australia and overseas. Pegleg is noted in the books Bindibu Country by Donald Thomson (1975) and The Lizard Eaters by Douglas Lockwood (1964). 
  
Peglegs works concern the Tingari stories. During the creation era, Tingari ancestors gathered at a series of sites for Initiation Ceremonies. They travelled from across the country, performing rituals at specific sites that created the natural features of the landscape. The creation stories and rituals are still portrayed in song cycles, paintings and ceremonies and are part of the continuous teaching to the next generation. In painting Tingari Cycle, the artist is depicting the song cycle associated with the artist’s many dreaming sites and the locations of significant natural sites in his area.
 

Peglegs works concern the Tingari stories. During the Tjukurrpa (Creation Era), Tingari ancestors gathered at a series of sites for Malliera (Initiation) Ceremonies. They travelled vast stretches of the country, performing rituals at specific sites that in turn created the diverse natural features of the environment. The Tingari men were accompanied by novices and usually followed by Tingari Women.

The creation stories and rituals are venerated in the song cycles and ceremonies of today, forming part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths, whilst also providing explanations for contemporary customs. In painting Tingari Cycle, the artist is depicting the song cycle associated with the artist’s many dreaming sites and shows the locations of significant natural sites in his area including rockholes, sandhills, sacred mountains and water soakages in the Gibson Desert.

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