Pinti. Brandy Tjungurrayi.
Brandy Tjungurrayi

Pinti

Etching
64 x 39 cm
Numbered 13/50

This print tells the story of Pinti who was a bird and an important figure who lead the Tingari men through the desert country during the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming). As Pinti travelled he created the many tjurrnu (soakwaters) depicted as the circles in this print. These are named from top to bottom Minyinna, Ngakin, Parliparlinja and Wangkartu. The parallel lines are the marks left in the ground by the Tingari men who dragged branches through this country as they followed Pinti.

Brandy Tjungurrayi was born circa 1930. His country lies around Nyilla in the Great Sandy Desert/Gibson Desert area. As a boy and young man he lived a nomadic bush life along the trail of waterholes south of Purtutjalpu (Jupiter Well). The waterholes were created, it is believed, by the Luurnpa (Sacred Kingfisher) during the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming).

Brandyand his first wife, the late Nowee Nanguri, walked into the old Balgo mission, and both worked there tending goats and sheep in the 1950s. Together they had five daughters. The family moved between Balgo and Christmas Creek before moving to Kiwirrkurra in 1996 where they stayed until the community was flooded and evacuated in 2001. Brandy now lives in Balgo with his second wife, Philomena Baadjo, and his daughters and their families.

Brandy started painting at Balgo in 1985 and painted for Papunya Tula Artists when he lived at Kiwirrkurra. He is a brother of Patrick Olodoodi and Elizabeth Nyumi and cousin brother of Helicopter, who are all senior artists. Brandy has his work represented in major public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Art Gallery of WA, and the Laverty Collection. (Warlayirti Artists)

Item #3179

Price: $1,500.00

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