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b. 1926 - d. 1998

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        • TJAPALTJARRI Mick Namarari (Aboriginal 1926-98), Untitled (Mouse Dreaming), c.1995., Acrylic on Linen, 150x90cm
          May. 22, 2022

          TJAPALTJARRI Mick Namarari (Aboriginal 1926-98), Untitled (Mouse Dreaming), c.1995., Acrylic on Linen, 150x90cm

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          TJAPALTJARRI, Mick Namarari (Aboriginal 1926-98) Untitled (Mouse Dreaming), c.1995. No Inscriptions apparent. Accompanied by copy of invoice from Kimberley Art, Melbourne, with shipping stamp dated 17th December 1995. Provenance: Kimberley Art, Melbourne; private collection Switzerland (purchased from the above in 1995). Acrylic on Linen 150x90cm

          Davidson Auctions
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI 1926-1998, WOMEN FROM PUTJI-DIE AT NGUTJULWGA 1979. Synthetic polymer paint on board. Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (b.c.1926 at Marnpi southeast of Kintore, Northern…
          May. 04, 2022

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI 1926-1998, WOMEN FROM PUTJI-DIE AT NGUTJULWGA 1979. Synthetic polymer paint on board. Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (b.c.1926 at Marnpi southeast of Kintore, Northern…

          Est: $3,500 - $5,500

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI 1926-1998, WOMEN FROM PUTJI-DIE AT NGUTJULWGA 1979. Synthetic polymer paint on board. Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (b.c.1926 at Marnpi southeast of Kintore, Northern Territory ? 1998), was one of the most important painters to emerge from the Western Desert. From the Pintupi language group, Mick Namarari was one of the foundation artists of the movement that emerged in Papunya Tula.White school teacher Geoffrey Bardon considered him one of eight artists whose efforts at the foundation of the movement were particularly interesting. Approx L52 x 42cm. PROVENANCE Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number MN790516 on the reverse Private collection, United Kingdom Private collection, Queensland

          Vickers & Hoad
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (c.1926-1998) Ipalu of Silky Pear Dreaming at Tjuturrangunynga 1979 synthetic polymer paint on board
          Apr. 11, 2022

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (c.1926-1998) Ipalu of Silky Pear Dreaming at Tjuturrangunynga 1979 synthetic polymer paint on board

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (c.1926-1998) Ipalu of Silky Pear Dreaming at Tjuturrangunynga 1979 synthetic polymer paint on board inscribed on backing verso with artist's name, date and Avant Galleries cat. no. 505 51 x 41cm PROVENANCE: Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs cat. no. MN790505A Avant Galleries, Melbourne The Kelton Foundation, United States of America, acquired 1994

          Leonard Joel
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (c. 1926-1998) Muruntji, 1996
          Nov. 17, 2021

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (c. 1926-1998) Muruntji, 1996

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (c. 1926-1998) Muruntji, 1996 inscribed verso with artist's name, dimensions and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number synthetic polymer paint on linen 153.0 x 122.0cm (60 1/4 x 48 1/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI 1926-1998 Kangaroo Dreaming (1971) synthetic polymer paint on composition board
          Nov. 16, 2021

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI 1926-1998 Kangaroo Dreaming (1971) synthetic polymer paint on composition board

          Est: $15,000 - $25,000

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI 1926-1998 Kangaroo Dreaming (1971) synthetic polymer paint on composition board 54.5 x 25.4 cm PROVENANCE Painted at Papunya, Northern Territory CAZ Gallery, Los Angeles The John W. Kluge Collection, United States of America, acquired from the above in 1990 Private Collection, United States of America, by descent from the above Private Collection

          Smith & Singer
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) Mouse Dreaming 1996
          Oct. 24, 2021

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) Mouse Dreaming 1996

          Est: $9,000 - $12,000

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) Mouse Dreaming, 1996 synthetic polymer pain on canvas signed and titled verso: MICK Mouse Dreaming catalogue number verso: MN961173 173 x 122cm PROVENANCE Arthur Papadimitriou, Melbourne acquired directly from artist Private Collection, Melbourne EXHIBITED Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria 2004

          Gibson's Auctions
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (Australian, 1926-1998) "Soakage Bore", acrylic on canvas, signed Mick and inscribed on reverse, 32-3/4" ...
          Oct. 19, 2021

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (Australian, 1926-1998) "Soakage Bore", acrylic on canvas, signed Mick and inscribed on reverse, 32-3/4" ...

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (Australian, 1926-1998) "Soakage Bore", acrylic on canvas, signed Mick and inscribed on reverse, 32-3/4" x 43", very good condition, Robert Steele Gallery NY; Robert Steele operated Anima Gallery in Adelaide, Australia as well as his gallery in New York. He represented and exhibited many contemporary American and international artists and was one of the most prominent dealers in Aboriginal art.

          William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (Australian, 1926-1998) "Dingo Dreams" acrylic on canvas, signed "Mick" on reverse, 26 1/4"x 45 1/4" very...
          Oct. 19, 2021

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (Australian, 1926-1998) "Dingo Dreams" acrylic on canvas, signed "Mick" on reverse, 26 1/4"x 45 1/4" very...

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (Australian, 1926-1998) "Dingo Dreams" acrylic on canvas, signed "Mick" on reverse, 26 1/4"x 45 1/4" very good condition, Robert Steele Gallery NY; Robert Steele operated Anima Gallery in Adelaide, Australia as well as his gallery in New York. He represented and exhibited many contemporary American and international artists and was one of the most prominent dealers in Aboriginal art.

          William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998, Pintupi Language Group) Marsupial Mice Dreaming 1997 synthetic polymer paint on linen
          Sep. 09, 2021

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998, Pintupi Language Group) Marsupial Mice Dreaming 1997 synthetic polymer paint on linen

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998, Pintupi Language Group) Marsupial Mice Dreaming 1997 synthetic polymer paint on linen inscribed verso with artist's name, title, date and Jinta Desert Art cat. no. SN-1053 and unknown cat. no. 4063-MNT-679 129 x 86cm PROVENANCE: Jinta Desert Art, Sydney (accompanied by a certificate of authenticity) Private collection, Melbourne

          Leonard Joel
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998, Pintupi Language Group) Two Women Dreaming 1994 synthetic polymer paint on linen
          Sep. 09, 2021

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998, Pintupi Language Group) Two Women Dreaming 1994 synthetic polymer paint on linen

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998, Pintupi Language Group) Two Women Dreaming 1994 synthetic polymer paint on linen inscribed verso with artist's name, title, date and Jinta Desert Art cat. no. SN-1118 92 x 123cm PROVENANCE: Jinta Desert Art, Sydney (accompanied by a certificate of authenticity) Private collection, Melbourne

          Leonard Joel
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri - Untitled - Yam Story, 1972
          Jun. 08, 2021

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri - Untitled - Yam Story, 1972

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          Cooee Art Indigenous Fine Art Auction "During a career that spanned almost three decades, Mick Namarari was at the forefront of the Western Desert Art Movement.+AKA-Driven to paint regardless of the materials at hand, his early works were closely tied to narrative. Symbolic designs were painted, often on a rich, earthy background with a sharpness of line that imbued them with a remarkable clarity. This work+AKA-was painted in the first years of the Papunya movement, during a time of great artistic exploration and innovation. The subject was one that Namarari painted regularly between 1971 and 1973. In paintings such as this, Namarari borrowed from conventional desert iconography as formerly seen in ceremonial ground constructions to create innovative abstracted designs representing country. Mick Namarari was the first recipient of Aboriginal Australia+IBk-s highest cultural accolade, the Australia Council+IBk-s Red Ochre Award, presented to him in 1994 four years prior to his death.+IB0 Contact Cooee Art for more information on this Aboriginal artwork.

          Cooee Art
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI , TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997
          Jul. 15, 2020

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI , TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997

          Est: $25,000 - $35,000

          THE GENE & BRIAN SHERMAN CAPSULE COLLECTION V MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (c.1926 – 1998) TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 122.0 x 153.0 cm bears inscription verso: artist’s name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. MN970760 PROVENANCE Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney Sherman Galleries, Sydney (stamped verso) Gene and Brian Sherman Collection, Sydney ESSAY Mick Namarari was the first great practitioner of Western Desert minimalism. Commencing with Wallaby Dreaming, 1982 (Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide), Namarari incrementally reduced the emphasis on signs and icons, moving inexorably towards the assembly of subtly shifting fields composed entirely of dots. When Namarari’s works came to the attention of gallerist, Gabrielle Pizzi in the late 1980s, he was already one of the most accomplished of the founding Papunya painters. Pizzi exhibited several of Namarari’s most abstract works at international art fairs, thereby spearheading the acceptance of Western Desert art in the ultra-competitive world of contemporary art. Allied with comparable canvases by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Namarari’s works displayed such confidence that his minimal paintings materialised as the inevitable outcome of a process set in train at Papunya in the previous decade. The works of desert minimalists are sometimes thought to have sprung from an essentialist view of nature within an abstracted cosmology, however such explanations do not account for the genre’s earthy origins. It is more accurate to approach Namarari’s works as an interpretation of the specific and the minute in nature, amplified and attenuated to encompass the total visual field.1 Neither should the uncanny similitude of the works of Western Desert minimalists to those produced by European and North American modernists deny the contemporary desert artists their individual voice. It is important therefore, when considering works such as Mick Namarari, Tjunginpa (Mouse) Dreaming, 1997 that the artist’s purpose is weighted.2 The starting point for Namarari’s works can be as subtle as the traces left by an animal nestled in dry grass, Bandicoot Dreaming, 1991 (Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin), or the runways of Tjunginpa, the Spinifex Hopping-mouse, ( Notomys alexis), Untitled, 1990 (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney). Namarari was a custodian of a constellation of sites in the vicinity of the Western Australian/Northern Territory border, several of which were associated with totemic mammals. As a result there has been some confusion regarding the identity of species associated with particular works,3 for example, Tjunginpa is both the name of a hopping-mouse and a totemic site, northwest of Kintore, associated with the species. The behaviour of the mouse sheds some light on the treatment of Namarari’s paintings and the religious significance of this seemingly minor mammal. Tjunginpa live in cool burrows under the sunbaked desert earth. Tunnels connect their burrows, in much the same way as paths in classical Tingari paintings interconnect sacred sites. In times of abundance, following heavy rain, plagues of Tjunginpa emerge from popholes, dotting the sand between favoured food plants with tiny tracks.4 These trackways are reflected in the treatment of Namarari’s paintings. The emergence of the hopping-mice from their burrows reinforces the Indigenous notion that all life comes from the earth. Moreover, the abundance of Tjunginpa streaming from their popholes substantiates a belief that if the correct ceremonies are conducted, animals and plants will flourish. Namarari’s luminous late work Tjunginpa, 1997 is a profound meditation on the cryptic, yet distinctive attributes of particular desert species. Such paintings transport us from the gallery and into a world of minute observation and precious knowledge. 1. Kean, J., ‘Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri’, in Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2011, pp. 160 – 2 2. Kean, J., ‘Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Shimmer and Shake’, in Brought to Light II, Contemporary Australian Art 1966 – 2006, Queensland Art Gallery Publishing, Brisbane, pp. 78-83 3. Various authors, in Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with Papunya Tula Artists, Sydney, 2000, p. 283 4. Moseby, K., Nano, T., and Southgate, R., Tales in the Sand: A Guide to Identifying Australian Arid Zone Fauna Using Spoor and Other Signs, Ecological Horizons, South Australia, 2009, p. 87 JOHN KEAN

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI , TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997
          Jul. 15, 2020

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI , TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997

          Est: $10,000 - $15,000

          THE GENE & BRIAN SHERMAN CAPSULE COLLECTION V MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (c.1926 – 1998) TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 122.0 x 91.0 cm bears inscription verso: artist’s name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. MN970540 PROVENANCE Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney Gene and Brian Sherman Collection, Sydney

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • MICK TJAPALTJARRI, MOUNT WEDGE 1976, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 67 X 66CM, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST NAME, DATE, TITLE AND CAT NO. MN7634...
          Nov. 07, 2019

          MICK TJAPALTJARRI, MOUNT WEDGE 1976, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 67 X 66CM, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST NAME, DATE, TITLE AND CAT NO. MN7634...

          Est: $700 - $900

          MICK TJAPALTJARRI, MOUNT WEDGE 1976, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 67 X 66CM, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST NAME, DATE, TITLE AND CAT NO. MN76345A #345, PROVENANCE: AVANT GALLERIES, MELBOURNE, C. 1980S

          Leonard Joel
        • MICK TJAPALTARRI, MOUNT WEDGE 1976, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 122 X 67CM, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST NAME, TITLE, DATE AND CAT NO. MN76034...
          Nov. 07, 2019

          MICK TJAPALTARRI, MOUNT WEDGE 1976, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 122 X 67CM, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST NAME, TITLE, DATE AND CAT NO. MN76034...

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          MICK TJAPALTARRI, MOUNT WEDGE 1976, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 122 X 67CM, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST NAME, TITLE, DATE AND CAT NO. MN760344A, PROVENANCE: AVANT GALLERIES, MELBOURNE, C. 1980S

          Leonard Joel
        • Mick Tjapaltjarri Namarari (c. 1926-1998) Marnpi Rockhole 1995
          Nov. 27, 2018

          Mick Tjapaltjarri Namarari (c. 1926-1998) Marnpi Rockhole 1995

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was born during the 1920s at Marnpi, an isolated desert rockhole in Pintupi country in the south western corner of the Northern Territory. He was a trusted keeper of the stories and the sites culturally affiliated with that special place. During a career that spanned almost three decades he became a towering presence whose variety of subjects and diversity of stylistic approaches kept him at the forefront of Western Desert painting. Geoff Bardon noted his ability as a painter from the earliest days of the movement. Much later, he was to play a quiet but decisive role in instigating the Papunya Tula art movement’s increasing ethereal minimalism of the late 1980s and 1990s. In doing so he significantly fueled the international reputation of Australian Aboriginal art, thereby earning himself an incomparable place in Australian art history.

          Cooee Art
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) Marsupial Dreaming 1996 acrylic and natural earth pigments on linen
          Feb. 28, 2018

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) Marsupial Dreaming 1996 acrylic and natural earth pigments on linen

          Est: $5,500 - $7,500

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) Marsupial Dreaming 1996 acrylic and natural earth pigments on linen inscribed verso with artist's name 146 x 92 cm PROVENANCE: Commissioned by Native Art of Australia in 1996 Accompanied by colour photocopied images of the artist with the painting in progress EXHIBITIONS: The Importance of Ochre, Flinders Lane Gallery , Melbourne, 15 October-1 November 1998

          Leonard Joel
        • Mick Namarai Tjapaltjarri (1928-1998) Dingo Dreaming c. Late 1970s Acrylic on canvas board
          Mar. 12, 2017

          Mick Namarai Tjapaltjarri (1928-1998) Dingo Dreaming c. Late 1970s Acrylic on canvas board

          Est: $400 - $600

          Mick Namarai Tjapaltjarri (1928-1998) Dingo Dreaming c. Late 1970s Acrylic on canvas board Inscribed verso 50.8 x 24.5 cm PROVENANCE: Purchased by a friend of the Vendor, who purchased the work when on a driving holiday in Central Australia in the Late 1970s, given as a gift.

          Theodore Bruce
        • Mick Namerari Tjapaltjarri (1926 - 1998) - Snake Dreaming 90.5 x 83.5cm (framed & ready to hang)
          Dec. 08, 2016

          Mick Namerari Tjapaltjarri (1926 - 1998) - Snake Dreaming 90.5 x 83.5cm (framed & ready to hang)

          Est: $500 - $700

          Mick Namerari Tjapaltjarri (1926 - 1998) Snake Dreaming acrylic on canvas 90.5 x 83.5cm (framed & ready to hang) unsigned

          Lawsons
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI, (c.1926 – 1998), TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997, synthetic polymer paint on canvas
          May. 25, 2016

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI, (c.1926 – 1998), TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

          Est: $30,000 - $40,000

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI, (c.1926 – 1998), TJUNGINPA (MOUSE) DREAMING, 1997, synthetic polymer paint on canvas SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist’s name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. MN970760 DIMENSIONS: 122.0 x 153.0 cm PROVENANCE: Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney Gene and Brian Sherman collection, Sydney ESSAY: Mick Namarari was the first great practitioner of Western Desert minimalism. Commencing with Wallaby Dreaming, 1982 (Art Gallery of South Australia), Namarari incrementally reduced the emphasis on signs and icons, moving inexorably towards the assembly of subtly shifting fields composed entirely of dots. When Namarari’s works came to the attention of gallerist, Gabrielle Pizzi in the late 1980s, he was already one of the most accomplished of the founding Papunya painters. Pizzi exhibited several of Namarari’s most abstract works at international art fairs, thereby spearheading the acceptance of Western Desert art in the ultra-competitive world of contemporary art. Allied with comparable canvases by Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Namarari’s works displayed such confidence that his minimal paintings materialised as the inevitable outcome of a process set in train at Papunya in the previous decade. The works of desert minimalists are sometimes thought to have sprung from an essentialist view of nature within an abstracted cosmology, however such explanations do not account for the genre’s earthy origins. It is more accurate to approach Namarari’s works as an interpretation of the specific and the minute in nature, amplified and attenuated to encompass the total visual field.1 Neither should the uncanny similitude of the works of Western Desert minimalists to those produced by European and North American modernists deny the contemporary desert artists their individual voice. It is important therefore, when considering works such as Mick Namarari, Tjunginpa (Mouse) Dreaming, 1997 that the artist’s purpose is weighted.2 The starting point for Namarari’s works can be as subtle as the traces left by an animal nestled in dry grass, Bandicoot Dreaming, 1991 (Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory), or the runways of Tjunginpa, the Spinifex Hopping-mouse, (Notomys alexis), Untitled, 1990 (Art Gallery of New South Wales). Namarari was a custodian of a constellation of sites in the vicinity of the Western Australian/Northern Territory border, several of which were associated with totemic mammals. As a result there has been some confusion regarding the identity of species associated with particular works,3 for example, Tjunginpa is both the name of a hopping-mouse and a totemic site, northwest of Kintore, associated with the species. The behavior of the mouse sheds some light on the treatment of Namarari’s paintings and the religious significance of this seemingly minor mammal. Tjunginpa live in cool burrows under the sunbaked desert earth. Tunnels connect their burrows, in much the same way as paths in classical Tingari paintings interconnect sacred sites. In times of abundance, following heavy rain, plagues of Tjunginpa emerge from popholes, dotting the sand between favoured food plants with tiny tracks.4 These trackways are reflected in the treatment of Namarari’s paintings. The emergence of the hopping-mice from their burrows reinforces the Indigenous notion that all life comes from the earth. Moreover, the abundance of Tjunginpa streaming from their popholes substantiates a belief that if the correct ceremonies are conducted, animals and plants will flourish. Namarari’s luminous late work Tjunginpa, 1997 is a profound meditation on the cryptic, yet distinctive attributes of particular desert species. Such paintings transport us from the gallery and into a world of minute observation and precious knowledge. 1. Kean, J., ‘Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri’, in Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2011, pp. 160-2 2. Kean, J., ‘Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Shimmer and Shake’, in Brought to Light II, Contemporary Australian Art 1966 – 2006, Queensland Art Gallery Publishing, Brisbane, pp. 78-83 3. Various authors, in Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with Papunya Tula Artists, Sydney, 2000, p.283 4. Moseby, K., Nano, T., and Southgate, R., Tales in the Sand: A Guide to Identifying Australian Arid Zone Fauna Using Spoor and Other Signs, Ecological Horizons, South Australia, 2009, p. 87 JOHN KEAN

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • Mick Namamari Tjapaltjari (1926-1998) Story of Travelling Kangaroo, 1977 Acrylic on Canvas
          Nov. 16, 2015

          Mick Namamari Tjapaltjari (1926-1998) Story of Travelling Kangaroo, 1977 Acrylic on Canvas

          Est: $150 - $250

          Mick Namamari Tjapaltjari (1926-1998) Story of Travelling Kangaroo, 1977 Acrylic on Canvas signed, titled and features descriptive text verso Provenance: Theodore Bruce Auctions, Adelaide Festival of Arts Auction, Adelaide, 01/03/2004, Lot No. 132, Private Collection, Adelaide 52 x 52cm

          Theodore Bruce
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Untitled 1995 acrylic on canvas
          Jul. 23, 2015

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Untitled 1995 acrylic on canvas

          Est: $2,200 - $4,400

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Untitled 1995 acrylic on canvas inscribed with Warumpi Arts cat. nos. 'MN004/95' and 'A222' verso 164 x 124cm

          Leonard Joel
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) TWO KANGAROO DREAMING AT MAMPI Art of the Western D
          Mar. 08, 2015

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) TWO KANGAROO DREAMING AT MAMPI Art of the Western D

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) TWO KANGAROO DREAMING AT MAMPI Art of the Western Desert Certificate. Catalogue number MN 8810116

          GFL Fine Art
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) MARSUPIAL MOUSE DREAMING Aboriginal Galleries of Au
          Mar. 08, 2015

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) MARSUPIAL MOUSE DREAMING Aboriginal Galleries of Au

          Est: $2,500 - $3,500

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1926-1998) MARSUPIAL MOUSE DREAMING Aboriginal Galleries of Australia Certificate. Catalogue number 25250

          GFL Fine Art
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri c1926 - 1998, UNTITLED (MEDICINE AND BUSH TUCKER), 1972 synthetic polymer powder paint on composition board
          Nov. 27, 2013

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri c1926 - 1998, UNTITLED (MEDICINE AND BUSH TUCKER), 1972 synthetic polymer powder paint on composition board

          Est: $35,000 - $45,000

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri c1926 - 1998, UNTITLED (MEDICINE AND BUSH TUCKER), 1972 synthetic polymer powder paint on composition board SIGNED: signed verso: mick DIMENSIONS: 65.0 x 29.0 cm PROVENANCE: Executed in the painting shed at Papunya, Northern Territory Private collection (the father of a teacher working at Papunya), acquired in 1972 Sotheby's, Melbourne, 29 June 1998, lot 217 Private collection, Tasmania RELATED WORKS: For a discussion of the Fire, Spirit, Myth and Medicine Dreamings theme see Bardon, G., and Bardon, J., Papunya, A Place Made After the Story: The Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2004, pp. 51-52 and for an outline of the Bush Tucker stories see ibid., pp. 52-53. For another work by the artist executed in 1972 depicting a similar themed Medicine Story see ibid., p. 294 (painting 235) Essay: Undoubtedly one of the most important founding figures of the Papunya Tula movement, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri quietly revolutionized the genre over his 30 year career. As noted by Dick Kimber in his obituary to the artist in 1998, the remarkable breadth and virtuosity of Mick Namarari's practice may be grounded in the significant number of sites for which he was responsible. Along with fellow Pintupi painting veteran Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi, the work of Mick Namarari from the 1990s, whilst issuing from the work of the early 1970s, demonstrates a dynamism that mark them as contemporary practice. The breadth and scope of his ability, maintained with singular dedication is such that his work is considered to have '... transformed Papunya Tula art, heralding the ethereal minimalism of the late 1980s and 1990s ... Up until he passed away in 1998, Mick Namarari was still quietly revolutionising the genre...'1 Mick Namarari's works are loaded with symbolism which is closely tied to narrative, a dense and tightly coded abstraction which elegantly refers to his key stories in ever greater loops. Western Desert painting operates in the space between ceremony and country, referencing each whilst exploring ancestral inheritance. Namarari developed a visual language which was bound by cultural protocol but never restrained by it. The artist was born in sandhill country at Marnpi Rockhole located south-west of the Mount Rennie Bore. After the death of both his parents Tjapaltajarri and his sister were looked after by other members of the family. Namarari attended school at the Hermannsburg mission until he was eleven years old, and was initiated in the Areyonga region, eventually working in the cattle industry. He adopted the middle name 'Namarari' after his employer MacNamara, though it also expressed similarities to one of Namarari's totems, the mallee fowl. This work, dated from the second year of the Papunya painting movement, is executed on composition board. A year earlier, Namarari, under the encouragement of Geoffrey Bardon, had begun painting his designs on discarded pieces of composition board with other at Papunya. The painting is a gracefully controlled and highly detailed composition. Two figures together with ceremonial (medicine) objects float over a dense pointillist field of multi-coloured dotting. Symbolising the journeys of ancestral men and women whose acts may only be known by a select few, while at the same time illustrating a landscape of country depicting water courses, vegetation and birdlife. 1. Perkins, H., and Fink, H., 'Genesis and Genius: The Art of Papunya Tula Artists', in , Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2007, p. 184

          Deutscher and Hackett
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Untitled 1995 acrylic on canvas
          Oct. 10, 2013

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Untitled 1995 acrylic on canvas

          Est: $3,500 - $5,500

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Untitled 1995 acrylic on canvas inscribed with Warumpi Arts cat. nos. 'MN004/95' and 'A222' verso 164 x 124cm

          Leonard Joel
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (c.1926 -1998) Rêve du
          Jun. 26, 2013

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (c.1926 -1998) Rêve du

          Est: CHF12,000 - CHF15,000

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (c.1926 -1998) Rêve du dingo 1997 Acrylique sur toile de lin 212 x 150 cm (Cat.N°MNT 97 004) DSCN3896 Description: Réalisé avec la collaboration de son épouse Elizabeth Marks MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (c.1926 - 1998) Rêve Dingo, 1997 Acrylique sur toile de lin. 212x150 cm. Réalisé avec la collaboration de son épouse, Elizabeth Marks.

          Koller Auctions
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri circa 1926-1998 UNTITLED (KUTITJI) (1971) natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on carved so...
          May. 28, 2013

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri circa 1926-1998 UNTITLED (KUTITJI) (1971) natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on carved so...

          Est: $7,000 - $10,000

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri circa 1926-1998 UNTITLED (KUTITJI) (1971) natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on carved softwood 67.5 X 16.7CM PROVENANCE Painted at Papunya, Northern Territory Private Collection, Melbourne Aboriginal + Oceanic Art, Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne, 24 March 2010, lot 270, illustrated The Anthony Knight OAM & Beverly Knight Collection, Melbourne EXHIBITED Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 30 September 2011 – 12 February 2012 Aux Sources de la Peinture: Aborigène, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, 9 October 2012 – 20 January 2013 LITERATURE Roger Benjamin, Icons of the Desert; Early Aboriginal Paintings from Papunya, Herbert Johnson F Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York, 2009, p. 20 (illustrated in the background of the Men's Painting Room, at Papunya, Northern Territory) Judith Ryan and Philip Batty, Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2011, p. 293 Judith Ryan and Philip Batty, Aux Sources de la Peinture: Aborigène, Musée du quai Branly, Paris, 2012

          Smith & Singer
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI "Small Mouse Dreaming (1996)" Acrylic on black ragmatt paper
          Mar. 10, 2013

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI "Small Mouse Dreaming (1996)" Acrylic on black ragmatt paper

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI "Small Mouse Dreaming (1996)" Acrylic on black ragmatt paper Comes with certificate of authenticity Artwork comes framed and ready to hang Image size 112cm x 76cm

          Ozbid Auctions
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (circa 1926-1998)
          Nov. 19, 2012

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (circa 1926-1998)

          Est: £7,000 - £10,000

          Nyunmanu (Dingo Dreaming) bears Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number MN830724 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 164 x 47cm

          Bonhams
        • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (circa 1926-1998)
          Nov. 19, 2012

          Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (circa 1926-1998)

          Est: -

          Porcupine Moon Dreaming bears catalogue numbers MN S1-78 and PT30N411 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint and synthetic binder on composition board 62 x 46cm

          Bonhams
        • MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Men's Dreaming 1995/96 acrylic on canvas
          Oct. 25, 2012

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Men's Dreaming 1995/96 acrylic on canvas

          Est: $1,500 - $2,000

          MICK NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI (1928-1998) Men's Dreaming 1995/96 acrylic on canvas inscribed with artist's name verso 198 x 116.5cm PROVENANCE Phillip's Auctions, 28/10/1998, lot 18 private collection, Victoria

          Leonard Joel
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