Wanampi Tjukurpa

Wanampi Tjukurpa

Artist/s name
Kunmanara Palpatja

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
152.0 x 101.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Amata, South Australia
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, NGV Supporters and Patrons of Indigenous Art, 2007
© Tiger Palpatja, courtesy Tjala Arts
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery Location
Ground Level, NGV International
In this work, Tiger Palpatja celebrates the Wanampi Kujara (Two Water Snakes) creation story of his birthplace, Piltati. This story is concerned with reciprocal relationships of food gathering, nurturing and labour between two powerful water serpents and their wives. Like the iridescent skin of the wanampi ancestor, whose spirit essence is manifest in the topography and changing shades of the artist’s country in sunlight, Palpatja’s diverse canvases are variegated, dappled with opalescent colours and encrusted with texture. 

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