Timmy Payungka Japangardi

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DOB: 1942
Born: PARAYILPIL
DECEASED: 2000

Born c.1938 at Parayirpilynga just west of Central Lake Mackay. The family came eastwards to the Haasts Bluff area in search of rations of flour and tea when Timmy was a child. Later, the family travelled back to Pintupi territory.

Contacted in 1962 whilst camped at Yarrana Rockhole due west of Kintore with his wife and young child, Timmy was among the first group of Pintupi to be brought into the newly established settlement of Papunya. Part of the original group of painters at Papunya in 1971, he moved to Kintore when it was established in 1981 and further to the north. He paints Dancing Women, Dingo, Snake, Water Dreaming, from this region.

A key ritual figure since the late 1970's, he was in the forefront of moves to establish the settlement at Kiwwirrkura where he now lives. Timmy is also one of the custodians for the important claypan site of Parrayingi, Before his people encountered white man they would gather at this site after the rains.

Collections

  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • South Australian Museum, Adelaide
  • The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
  • Jinta Desert Art Collection, Sydney
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

History


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021 Papunya Tula: 50 years 1971-2021, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2011 Origins of Western Desert Art: Tjukurrtjanu , The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victory, Melbourne
2010 Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1999 Tjinytjlpa, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.
1999 Indigenous Art of the Dreamtime, Aboriginal Galleries of Australia, Jinta Desert Art, Foyer of United Nations Building, New York
1996 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1994 Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1993 Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
1992 Tjukurrpa, Museum fur Voelkerkunde, Basel
1991/92 Friendly Country, Friendly People, Touring Exhibition, through Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1991 Canvas and Bark, South Australian Museum, Adelaide
1990 The Seventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1990 L'Ete Australien a Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France
1989 The Sixth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney , through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art
1989 Papunya Tula: Contemporary Paintings from Australia's Western Desert, John Weber Gallery, New York
1988 Dreamings - The Art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, New York
1984 Papunya and Beyond, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1983 Mori Gallery, Sydney
1974 Anvil Art Gallery, Albury