Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa
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Pintupi and Luritja people, about 1920–89
Ray Inkamala grew up in an isolated part of the Western Desert. His first contact with non-Indigenous society was seeing planes overhead as a small boy. His parents died of hunger and thirst in the desert and he was adopted into an extended family, which went to live in a Christian mission in the 1930s.
He worked as a stockman before moving to Papunya and later to several of its satellite settlements. He painted intermittently from early 1976.
Lizard Dreaming Site at Linga-Goora 1976
This painting represents the Dreaming exploits of the Tjulapa, a lizard associated with Linga-Goora, a soakage in stony ground up in the hills. This rare creature has a slim body and is silvery white in colour. The circles and curved lines represent the network of tunnels made by the lizard.
Lizard Dreaming Site at Linga-Goora 1976, Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa
acrylic paint on canvas board