synthetic polymer paint on canvas
40 x 60 cm
Please note that prices are subject to change at the discretion of the gallery.
Purchased directly from the artist;
Private Collection, Vic;
Private Collection, Sydney
AIAM100 Exhibition Launch, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, August 2010
Re-Collected, May 2013, Coo-ee Art Gallery
Maxie Tjampitjinpa grew up in Hassts Bluff and attended the school in Papunya during the late 1960’s prior to the establishment of the Western Desert art movement. By the time Geoff Bardon began teaching at the school Maxie had been to High School at Nightcliff, in Darwin and was working in the Territory capital. On returning to Papunya in his early 20’s he worked as a tractor driver and Police tracker before starting to paint in 1980, just when many of the early painters were moving west in order to return to their homelands near the newly established community of Kintore. As one of the second generation Papunya Tula artists, Maxie began paintings during a period when Desert art was moving towards a more individual form of expressiveness as artists moved beyond the limited iconographic lexicon formulated by the older artists in consultation with Geoff Bardon, and Peter Fannin. He was instructed by Old Mick Wallankarri Tjakamarra, a man highly revered for his traditional knowledge and one of the senior custodians of the Honey Ant Dreaming centrally located at Papunya.