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Pantjiya Nungurrayi – Kungkiyunti, 2006

$4,480.00 inc. GST

Pantjiya Nungurrayi was a Pintubi language group Aboriginal Australian artist born c.1936  in the bush near Haasts Bluff. She lives in the remote Western Desert and painted her Tjukurrpa (ancestral creation stories).

Her early works are predominantly rendered in ochre colours

Acrylic on Belgian linen canvas stretched

Dimensions: 61 x 168 cm

Can be displayed landscape or portrait

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This painting relates to the rockhole site of Kungkiyuni (Browns Bore), west of Haasts Bluff. A group of women, represented by the small central ‘U’ shape, camped at this site to perform ceremonies associated with the area. The arc shapes and encircling grid pattern in this painting depict the rocky outcrops as well as sand hills surrounding this site. The plant like shape represents the shrubs bush tomato and quandong.

More detail available on request (in the certificate).

Pantjiya Nungarrayi Biography

Pantjiya was born in the bush near Haasts Bluff circa 1936, prior to the mission being established. Her first contact with Europeans was as a young girl, when she and her family me with men who were traveling by camel and distributing rations. During the latter part of the seventies Pantjiya lived with her family between Kungkiyunti Outstation west of Haasts Bluff, and Papunya, before settling in Kintore soon after the community was established in the early eighties. She is the widow of George Tjangala, who was also an artist and an early shareholder of Papunya Tula Artists. Pantjiya has five sons and three daughters, one of her sons being Raymond Maxwell Tjampitjinpa, who also paints for the company.
Her paintings have been included in more than 40 Papunya Tula Artists group exhibitions between 1996 and 2021.
Provenance: Papunya Tula Artists, catalogue #PN0602099
Original certificate provided with artwork.