Kaapa Tjampitjinpa Aboriginal art painting to sell in UK



2016-01-19 14:44:15

A painting by Australian aboriginal artist Kaapa Tjampitjinpa is offered at Northwich Auction in Barnton on January 20.

Titled Dream Time and showing a stylised bush fire, it’s expected to sell for around £1,500-2,500 ($2,132-3,554).

Tjampitjinpa was born circa 1920 in the Northern Territory, where he worked as a stockman on a cattle station.

His talents as a painter went largely unrecognised in the mainstream art world until 1971, when one of his works was displayed in an art competition and came away with first place.  

In the early 1970s he became one of the founding members of the Papunya Tula artist’s coop, which made developed the market for aboriginal art.  

The lot was bought as a gift and brought back to the UK in the 1970s. Few of Tjampitjinpa’s works are found outside Australia.

Three of his most significant pieces have been placed on the Australian Movable Cultural Heritage Prohibited Exports Register.

This means they are deemed cultural treasures too important to leave the country.

Peter Critchley of Northwich Auction explained to the Northwich Guardian: “He is regarded as the founder of contemporary Indigenous Australian art, and is a major figure.”

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