Kangaroo story

Shorty Lungkutja TJUNGURRAYI: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Born at Walukuritji, south of Lake MacDonald, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi probably arrived at Haasts Bluff about 1948. He was one of the last artists to join as a founding member of the Papunya painting group. A great hunter, Tjungurrayi was considered one of the most senior men in the Pintupi community at Papunya, renowned for his ritual authority and his dancing. He accompanied Nosepeg Tjupurrula on expeditions guiding film crews. He moved to Walungurru in the early 1980s in order to be close to his country. Tjungurrayi raised the artist Linda Syddick Napaltjarri after her father Musty Siddick died She gained valuable painting experience by assisting him with his work.1.

1. Perkins, Hetti & Fink, Hannah 'Genesis and Genius: Papunya Tula' (Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000) p. 298.
Kangaroo story
Artist/Maker and role
Shorty Lungkutja TJUNGURRAYI: artist
synthetic polymer paint and poster paint on composition board
50.0 x 70.0cm
Credit line
Purchased 1992
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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