Lot 46 

My Husband's Tjukurrpa

Alice Nampitjinpa Dixon

167 x 120 cm
Acrylic on linen
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This piece has a reserve. 
This piece comes professionally stretched.
About the Artist

Alice was born in 1943 near Talaalpi, which is a swamp near and a little bit to the east of Walungurru on the Western Australian border. Prior to her painting Alice worked for many years at the Kintore School teaching the young girls dancing and the traditions of the desert people. Alice started painting on the “Minyama Tjukurrpa” – the Kintore Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project. As a painter she is inspired by her rich cultural heritage, and thrives when involved with her stories and lore. Alice is an active “dancing woman” who travels widely to participate in annual ceremonies and “Women’s Law” meetings. Alice’s tjukurrpa is the porcupine or Tjilkamata. Her story is told in bright colours often utilizing orange and yellow to mirror the ochres that are used in ceremonial body painting. In her tjukurrpa story there is often the porcupine scurrying about rock holes and hiding places looking for tucker while nearby the women are themselves hunting, laying in wait for the porcupine. Alice is a keen hunter and likes to go hunting with Eunice Jack. Alice’s father was the late Uta Uta Tjangala, who was one of the original Papunya Tula painters.  Alice also enjoys the other crafts and is involved in producing hand-spindled hairstring for ceremonies and ininti necklaces and mats. She regularly goes out bush to collect ininti seeds then laboriously pierces them with hot wire to make beads for necklaces, bracelets or mats.

About the Work

In this work Alice pays homage to her husband who passed away some years ago.

Notable Collections
  • Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, NL

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW

  • Arts dAustralie Stephane Jacob, Paris, FR

  • Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Melbourne, VIC

  • Harold Mitchell Foundation, Melbourne, VIC

  • Heide Muesum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC

  • Myer Baillieu Collection, de Young Museum, San Fransico, USA

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT

  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC

  • Parlament House Collection, Canberra, ACT

  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore

  • Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT

  • University of Queensland Art Collection, Brisbane, QLD

  • Active Youth Collection, Japan

  • Griffith University, QLD

  • Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT

  • The Owen and Wagner Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art

  • Helen Read Collection

  • Australian Association of Gerontology

  • Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation, Sydney


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