Bambatu Napangardi – Kungka Tjukurrpa (SOLD)

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Bambatu Napangardi – Kungka Tjukurrpa (SOLD)

Bambatu was born in the early 1940s in Winron, near Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia. She had no contact with established communities until her family walked into the Papunya Community, west of Alice Springs, in the 1960s.

Bambatu depicts traditional Women’s Dreaming stories associated with her country Kiwrirrkurra.

In this painting, she tells the story of the journey paths travelled by her ancestors from Wirrulunga (east of Kiwirrkurra), from Kintore to Mount Liebig and the Papunya region. At each sacred location, the women would stop to dance and sing the cycle of each sacred site. In her paintings the concentric circles represent waterholes and the parallel dotted lines represent the path taken. Bambatu’s line work and dotting techniques also show the body paint designs used and many traditional symbols that are often seen in Central Desert paintings.

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Kungka Tjukurrpa


Bambatu Napangardi


145 x 97 cm