Untitled (223035)

Pantjiya Nungurrayi

223035 Pantjiya Nunugurrayi Untitled
Untitled (223035) by Pantjiya Nungurrayi


Pantjiya Nungurrayi
Untitled (223035)
synthetic polymer on linen
183 x 244 cm
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Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, N.T. PN 0311152


Further Information

Pantjiya was born in the bush near Haasts Bluff, prior to the mission being established. During the latter part of the 1970s, Pantjiya lived with her family between Kingkiyunit Outstation, west of Haasts Bluff and Papunya, before settling in Kintore soon after the community was established in the early 1980s.

Pantjiya is the widow of George Tjangala, who was also an artist and an early shareholder of Papunya Tula Artists and her son Raymond Maxwell Tjampitjinpa paints for Papunya Tula Artists.

This painting relates to the rockhole site of Kungkiyunti (Browns Bore), west of the Haasts Bluff community. In mythological times a group of ancestral women camped at this site to perform the ceremonies associated with the area. The women later travelled west to Ngutjulnga, just to the east of the Kintore Community, where they all perished from the cold as they were unable to get their fire-sticks to light. A small group of rounded rocks at this site is said to represent the women as they hunched their backs agains the cold. During their travels, the women gathered the edible fruit known as pura or bush tomato, from the small shrub Solanum chippendalei, and mangata (quandong). The straight lines in the painting represent the sandhills around Ngutjulnga while the arc shapes are rocky outcrops.


Pantjiya is represented in the National Gallery of Australia and Artbank


Information source : Papunya Tula Artists.