Sandhills & Waterholes presents a selection of beautiful smaller works exclusively from the Kintore region of the Western Desert. Featuring the vivid and dynamic paintings of George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi, Naata Nungurrayi, Willy Tjungurrayi, Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri, Tjawina Porter & Eileen Napaltjarri.
Kintore is a major centre for the Western Desert art movement. Founded by the Pintupi people, the art from Kintore is unique for its depiction of ancient Tingari sacred sites from across the Western Desert. The Pintupi remain some of the most traditional people in Australia. Originally from the very remote western desert in the Lake Mackay region, the Pintupi were moved to the communities of Papunya in the 1960s. At this time the Pintupi had very little experience of western culture, and were still living a very traditional lifestyle.
The paintings exhibited in Sandhills & Waterholes depict sacred sites of the Kintore and greater Western Desert regions through tradition Aboriginal iconography. Pintupi artists paint the Tingari Cycle or Tingari Dreaming. This dreaming depicts the journey of the Tingari ancestors. The lines of these paintings represent the path of the journey and the circles represent the ceremonial sites. The Tingari Cycle is represented by bold contrasting colours and stark shapes, evoking an incredibly powerful and expressive aesthetic . Many Pintupi have now moved closer to their country and are based in the Western Desert in communities like Kintore and Kiwikurra.
Other dreamings such as women’s dreaming and women’s ceremony are commonly represented by Pintupi artists. These dreamings portray significant events for the Pintupi women and the paintings represent the spectacular desert landscape. Pintupi artists continue to create spectacular artworks and are among the most collectable Aboriginal artists today.
Sandhills & Waterholes opened at Piermarq on July 30, 2016