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Papa Tjukurpa Silk Scarf by Jimmy Donegan
Papa Tjukurpa Silk Scarf by Jimmy Donegan

Papa Tjukurpa Silk Scarf by Jimmy Donegan

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Papa Tjukurpa

100% Silk Satin with Hand Rolled Edges
110 x 110cm, 14mm

A limited run of silk scarves made in collaboration with  One of Twelve, an Australian organisation that showcases the work of emerging and established artists from the Asia Pacific region: 

“Ngayuku mamaku ngura Dulu [translates to, ‘My father’s country. A rockhole called Dulu’.] At this place there are lots of women and men dingos living there, digging up the water and hunting at Pilantjara rockhole in the country area of Dulu. This is papa walka, dog design.” – Jimmy Donegan

Papa Tjukurpa represents a pivotal work for Donegan. In this work, the artist boldly deviates from his signature style of fastidiously detailed dot-work, in a breakthrough piece that is startlingly contemporary.

Jimmy paints the Papa Tjukurpa (Dog Dreaming) entrusted to him by his father. The artist’s loosely unfurling circles and spare infilling reveal the inky black depths of the canvas, speaking of a complex ontological system that marries physical and metaphysical worlds. The artist’s compelling use of vibrant, rhythmic line work strikes a harmonious balance with the negative space, chronicling the papa’s journey across Donegan’s homelands.


About the Artist


Jimmy was born at Yanpan, a rockhole near Ngatuntjarra Bore circa 1950. He grew up in the country surrounding Papulankutja (Blackstone) and Mantamaru (Jameson) in Western Australia. Jimmy has strong family links throughout the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and his wife was originally from a place near Kalka.

Some time ago Jimmy took his wife and children to live at Papulankutja (Blackstone) because of his deep connection to that country. He is now widowed and has returned to Kalka community to live with his children, and to be closer to his sister, Molly
Nampitjin Miller, who is a founding director of Ninuku Arts.

Jimmy is a skilled wood craftsman - his spears, spear throwers and boomerangs are prized and much sought after. He is also a strong cultural man, involved in traditional law and ceremony. In August 2010, Jimmy Donegan won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award ( NATSIA- otherwise known as the Telstra Award). He was the winner of two sections - the General Painting category and the overall prize.

"Like much of Donegan’s work over the past decade, the award winning painting is solemn and emphatic in its design, but dazzlingly illuminated. The artist’s technique is to compose the colour lines of his canvases from thousands of large dots in different hues, which blend into a whole." Nicolas Rothwell, The Weekend Australian, August 2010.