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    Sale 7653

    Modern and Contemporary Australian and South African Art

    16 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 69

    Mitjili Napurrula (b. circa 1945)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Mitjili Napurrula (b. circa 1945)
    Untitled
    with inscription 'MITJILILI' on the reverse
    acrylic on canvas
    unframed
    24½ x 22 7/8in. (62.2 x 58.1cm.)


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    The artist, a Pintupi woman from Haasts Bluff 200km west of Alice Springs, began painting at the Ikuntji Women's Centre in 1992-3. She paints her father's country called Uwalki in the Gibson Desert near the Kintore Ranges, west of Haasts Bluff. The country is characterised by red sandhills, bushes and trees including desert oaks, and her distinctive imagery derives from her mother's drawings in the sand: "My mother taught me my father's Tjukurrpa [Dreaming]; that's what I'm painting on the canvas".

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