Maxie Tjampitjinpa

Australia, 1945-1997

Flying Ant Dreaming, 1994

Acrylic on canvas
123 x 97 cm


Geneva, Switzerland


Excellent condition

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This painting celebrates the Flying Ant (Wantunuma) Dreaming associated with the site at Wantunguru. Ancestor Flying Ant men are shown as they are beginning their journey and have entered the ground at the central roundel.  The three circles in the painting depict the holes in the earth where the Flying Ant Ancestors enter and leave the ground. The spear and woomera are weapons that the Flying Ants carried and brought to the people.


Private collection, Geneva
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Community Catalogue No TAG CO10092
Tribal Art Gallery, Melbourne


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Parliament House, Canberra;
National Gallery of Victoria; Flinders University Art Museum,
Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory; Wollongong City Art Gallery;
Federal Airports Cooperation; Holmes a’Court; University of Western Australia;
Auckland City Art Gallery; Sydney University Union; Moree Plains Art Gallery;
Queensland Art Gallery; Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs; Art Gallery of South Australia.

About the Artist

A forerunner of contemporary Aboriginal art, Maxie Tjampitjinpa is distinguished for his tonally and texturally complex canvases rooted in traditional symbolism and folklore. The artist produced some of the first paintings devoid of the esoteric symbology that had hitherto been ... see the artist page