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17 June 2003
8/2003
Commemorative Issue

Art of Papunya Tula

Australia
This set of four stamps brings a new focus to Australia

Ningura Napurrula (Pintupi), untitled, 2002  

Ningura Napurrula (Pintupi), untitled, 2002

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The designs in this painting are associated with the rock hole site of Walyuta, south-west of Mantati Outstation, about 70 km west of the Kintore Community.

The roundel is the rock hole and the lines are the sand hills surrounding the area. In mythological times, an old woman passed through this site during her travels towards the east. This old woman is said to be a

Naata Nungurrayi (Pintupi), untitled, 2001  

Naata Nungurrayi (Pintupi), untitled, 2001

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This painting uses designs associated with the rock hole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, west of the Kiwirrkura Community, about 700 km west of Alice Springs.

The arcs in the work represent the rocky hills surrounding the area. A large group of senior women camped at this site to perform the ceremonies associated with the area. While there they gathered the edible berries known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin. These berries are eaten direct from the bush or they are ground to use in making a type of damper.

Naata Nungurrayi (Pintupi) was born at the site of Kumil, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia, c.1932. She began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in early 1996 and has been represented in several group exhibitions around Australia.

Graham Tjupurrula (Pintupi), untitled, 2001  

Graham Tjupurrula (Pintupi), untitled, 2001

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A Tingari story at Timmalnga, a rock hole site west of Lake Mackay in Pintupi country, is the subject of this painting. The site relates to the travels of a poisonous snake. The central roundel is the rock hole and the lines on each side are the creeks running into it.

Generally, the Tingari are mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled great distances. They performed rituals and created and shaped sites. Their adventures and travels are enshrined in song cycles. These stories are taught to today

Dini Campbell Tjampitjinpa (Pintupi), untitled, 1999  

Dini Campbell Tjampitjinpa (Pintupi), untitled, 1999

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This work also relates to the Tingari cycle. It depicts designs associated with the rock hole site of Wakula, west of Jupiter Well.

In mythological times a large group of Tingari men passed through this site during their travels east. Events associated with the Tingari cycle are secret so details of the stories are not shared with the public.

Dini Campbell Tjampitjinpa (Pintupi) c.1945-2000 was born in Pintupi country west of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. He is represented in the National Gallery of Victoria and the Supreme Court of NT in Darwin, and has had exhibitions in New York and Melbourne.

Technical Information

Issue date........................17 June 2003
Denominations ................One x $1.10, $1.65, $2.20, $3.30
Artists ............................$1.10 Ningura Napurrula
(Pintupi, b.1938), untitled, 2002; $1.65 Naata
Nungurrayi (Pintupi, b.1932), untitled, 2001;
$2.20 Graham Tjupurrula (Pintupi, b.1975), untitled
2001; $3.30 Dini Campbell Tjampitjinpa (Pintupi,
c.1945-2000), untitled, 1999
Stamp size/Perforations
$1.10 and $1.65: 42.63 x 18.75 mm/14.6 x 13.87
$2.20 and $3.30: 56.25 x 24.75 mm/ 13.87 x 14.6
Printer ............................SNP Sprint
Paper..............................Tullis Russell
Printing process ..............Lithography
Special feature ................International Post signifier
Sheet layout
$1.10 & $1.65 modules of 50 no gutter
$2.20 & $3.30 modules of 20 no gutter
National postmark............Alice Springs NT 0870
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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