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Men’s Law Painting – The Great Sandy Desert (1999)

Artist: Tjumpo Tjapanangka

Region: Gibson Desert, WA

Medium/Type: Painting

Size: 80 x 120 cm
(Artwork can be rotated)

Catalogue Number: 3957TT

Status: Vatu Sanctuary 3


This minimalist work by Tjumpo Tjapanangka is about Men’s Law and the Great Sandy Desert. This is the artist’s country which is associated with rainmaking ceremonies.

Using both the simplified linear patterns that is significant in ceremonial body paint and the colour palatte of his desert region, Tjumpo Tjapanangka alludes to the elemental forces within his sacred country. He depicts the view looking down on country, at waterholes (the centre of each rectangular symbol) and campsites across the numinous landscape.


Tjumpo Tjapanangka

Regions: Gibson Desert, WA, Great Sandy Desert, WA

At the time of his passing in 2007, Tjumpo Tjapanangka was Balgo’s most venerated male artist and the most highly regarded Law Man and Maparn (traditional healer) in the community. He is a senior custodian for his country, around Wilkinkarra (Lake McKay), and for its Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) stories and ceremonies.

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