Australia 2003 Papunya Tula Art

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  • Issue Date: 17 June 2003
  • Designed by: Beth McKinlay
  • Printed by: SNP Sprint
  • Print Process: Lithography


Description

This set of four stamps brings a new focus to Australia’s International Post range. Art of Papunya Tula redefines ‘panoramas of Australia’ with powerful images that are at once physical, cultural and spiritual maps of the country and its people. The designs capture the subtlety and sophistication of Papunya Tula artists today and demonstrate their vigour and depth of talent. The immensely successful work of contemporary Western Desert artists is one of the most significant art movements in Australian history.

It began in 1971 at Papunya (about 240 km west of Alice Springs) when senior men, with the encouragement of young school teacher Geoff Bardon, began painting images drawn from traditional ceremonial body and sand paintings on to canvas and boards. Beyond its success as an art movement, the art of Papunya Tula has helped preserve traditional cultural aspirations, protect tribal lands and revive ancestral beliefs of community and social order.

Stamps

$1.10 Stamp

  • Perforations: 14½ x 14
  • Stamp Size: 42.63mm x 18.75mm
  • Format: sheets of 50

The designs in this painting are associated with the rock hole site of Walyuta, south-west of Mantati Outstation, about 70 km west of the Kintore Community. The roundel is the rock hole and the lines are the sand hills surrounding the area. In mythological times, an old woman passed through this site during her travels towards the east. This old woman is said to be a ‘bit of a devil-devil’ as she kills and eats people.

$1.10 Untitled by Ningura Napurrula (Pintupi)

$1.65 Stamp

  • Perforations: 14½ x 14
  • Stamp Size: 42.63mm x 18.75mm
  • Format: sheets of 50

This painting uses designs associated with the rock hole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, west of the Kiwirrkura Community, about 700 km west of Alice Springs. The arcs in the work represent the rocky hills surrounding the area. A large group of senior women camped at this site to perform the ceremonies associated with the area. While there they gathered the edible berries known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin. These berries are eaten direct from the bush or they are ground to use in making a type of damper.

$1.65 Untitled by Naata Nungurrayi (Pintupi)

$2.20 Stamp

  • Perforations: 14 x 14½
  • Stamp Size: 56.25mm x 24.75mm
  • Format: sheets of 20

A Tingari story at Timmalnga, a rock hole site west of Lake Mackay in Pintupi country, is the subject of this painting. The site relates to the travels of a poisonous snake. The central roundel is the rock hole and the lines on each side are the creeks running into it. Generally, the Tingari are mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled great distances. They performed rituals and created and shaped sites. Their adventures and travels are enshrined in song cycles. These stories are taught to today’s youth – after initiation – and provide a context for contemporary customs.

$2.20 Untitled by Graham Tjupurrula (Pintupi)

$3.30 Stamp

  • Perforations: 14 x 14½
  • Stamp Size: 56.25mm x 24.75mm
  • Format: sheets of 20

This work also relates to the Tingari cycle. It depicts designs associated with the rock hole site of Wakula, west of Jupiter Well. In mythological times a large group of Tingari men passed through this site during their travels east. Events associated with the Tingari cycle are secret so details of the stories are not shared with the public.

$3.30 Untitled by Dini Campbell Tjampitjinpa (Pintupi)

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was Alice Springs NT 0870.

First day cover of 4 values


Maximum Cards

$1.10 maximum card
$1.65 maximum card
$2.20 maximum card
$3.30 maximum card


Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 4 values