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Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

Goanna Dreaming

synthetic polymer paint on composition board
91.0 x 61.0 cm
EST. $15,000 - $20,000

MP #89

Kaapa Tjampitjinpa – The Founding Father of the Western Desert painting movement.‘Around his genius, the Papunya group was built and the Western Desert Painting Movement was born. He was a proud, classically purposeful artist, possessing images and knowledge that would have him recognised as an authority of the greatest importance concerning Western Desert iconography’Geoffrey Bardon

Painted at Papunya, Northern Territory.

Private Collection, NT

Important Aboriginal Art, Sotheby's, Melbourne, 29 June 1998, lot 322

Private Collection, New South Wales

Joel Fine Art, Melbourne, 3 June 2008, lot 163, illustrated

Private Collection, South Australia


Songlines and Dreamings, Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Painting, Patrick Corbally- Stourton, Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, London,1996, pp.88-89, pl.86


In this work of Anmatjerre Arrente heraldry, symmetrical motifs and radiating, sinuous lines represent water courses and the journey of  goanna ancestors as well as sit down places where men are seated during ceremony. The artist has used traditional earth colours to depict the sites and journeys of ancestral beings and the enactment of the ceremony pertaining to them.