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Carving of a goanna, made by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, c1970

2009.0026.0002

Carving of a goanna, made by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, c1970

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Physical description

A carved wooden figure of a goanna painted in shades of yellow and black. The goanna has a curved tail and an open mouth. The top lip of the mouth has a triangular chip. The whole surface of the carving has a rough texture and 'KOAA[r?] is inscribed on the bottom surface.

Statement of significance

The Kaapa Tjampitjinpa collection no. 2 consists of a carving of a goanna and a painting of a central Australian landscape in the style of a Hermannsburg watercolour. Both works are signed by Kaapa Tjampitjinpa. The Papunya painting movement, of which Kaapa was a key instigator, is often credited as the foundation of Indigenous Australian contemporary art. Kaapa was a wood carver and watercolour artist prior to the development of the acrylic painting movement in 1971. The Kaapa Tjampitjinpa collection no. 2 illustrates, through the works of an individual artist, the role of carvings and watercolours in the development of acrylic painting.

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