Barney Campbell Tjakamarra


Born circa 1928 at Kaylilwarra south Warbuton in the Gibson Desert of Western Australia, Barney Campbell’s country cover some 150 km around the Lake MacDonald region, a vast area that encompasses many salt lakes and wells both east and west of Kintore. Contained within this region are a number of traditional sites that Barney paints.

Barney Campbell Tjakamarra - Tingari Cycle - 76 x 122 cm - Cat 9454BC

The paintings by Barney Campbell possess a maze of sinuous lines and a wonderful subtlety that are often characterised by a series of roundels that seem to float in the maze of sumptuous movement. Such iconography is profoundly reminiscent of ceremonial body designs and traditional ground drawings. 

One of the main themes that Barney Campbell depicts in his artworks is that of the Tingari Cycle. Whilst  events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret and sacred nature and few details are given, we are privileged to be told through his art what the works represents and to appreciate and enjoy the skill of the artist’s artwork.

In this work Barney has depicted the sites in which young boys were taken for their initiation ceremonies. 

The Tingari are a group of men of the Dreaming (creation era), who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari men were accompanied by novices and usually followed by Tingari Women. Their travels and adventures are enshrined in the song cycles. These legends form part of the teachings of the post-initiatory youths today, as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

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