Lot 250
Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa (Aboriginal, circa 1926–1989), Rainbow Water Dreaming
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Pester paint, house paint, and enamel on canvasboard, 1972, signed, titled, dated, and inscribed on the reverse, retains gallery labels to framing, in wooden floater frame with silk backing and window on the verso.

Board Size 12 x 16 in.; DOA 18 x 22 in.

The Australia Gallery, New York, purchased January 11, 1994 (accompanied by receipt)
John Webber Gallery, New York

Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa, an Aboriginal artist who worked in the modernist style, is often credited as the founder and the first master of the Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art movement in Central Australia. He was born west of Napperby Station in the 1920s and was of Anmatyerre, Warlpiri and Arrernte heritage. The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia describes Kaapa's artwork saying: "Kaapa's work, with its pictorial elements and seductive delicacy of detail, is cultivated to appeal to the western gaze. It also recreates the dramatic spectacle of men participating in ceremony and creates an illusion of the third dimension." Kaapa's work is present in major national and international museums, such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; the National Museum of Australia, Canberra; the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania; and others.

Good overall condition; not examined out of frame.

$2,000 - 4,000