Spirit Dreaming through Napperby country

Spirit Dreaming through Napperby country
1980

Artist/s name
Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri
Anmatyerre

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri
Anmatyerre


Medium
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Measurements
207.7 x 670.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Napperby, Northern Territory
Accession Number
O.33-1988
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1988
© artists and their estates 2011, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd
 
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery Location
Gallery 3
Ground Level, NGV Australia

Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri grew up with his family in Napperby, the ancestral country of his family, but was exiled from this country when it was appropriated from the Anmatyerre people as a pastoral station. He moved to the government settlement of Papunya with his wife and children in the 1960s, and was a founding contributor of the Papunya Tula artist cooperative. He created Spirit Dreaming through Napperby Country 1980 with assistance from Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri.

This large painting on canvas was originally intended to be used in a film about the Western Desert. It shows the Death Spirit, indicated by a human skeleton, walking along a central travelling path.

The painting is like a map showing places where Anmatyerre people lived, hunted, ate, fought and rested. Tim Leura’s life as an artist is reflected in the small replicas of his early paintings shown as windows in the work. The background dotting shows the landscape: grass, sand, earth, leaves, smoke and tracks with footprints. The presence of hunters is shown by the spear, boomerangs, woomera and shield.