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Pintupi and Luritja people

Portrait photo of an Aboriginal Australian man.
Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa. Flinders University Art Museum Collection. Photo: Professor JVS Megaw

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.

Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa

Artworks

Aboriginal painting.
Lizard Dreaming Site at Linga-Goora (Lingakura)

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.

Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa painting

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