Ethnographic Arts and Artifacts Online Auction including the collection of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum

April 27, 2017

LOT 134

Lot 134

Attributed to Patsy Mudjidell, Nakamarra (20th/21st Century)

Attributed to Patsy Mudjidell, Nakamarra (20th/21st Century)
Lot 134 Details
Attributed to Patsy Mudjidell, Nakamarra (20th/21st Century), (Warlayirti Artist (Australian))


Acrylic on canvas; signed “Badji Mudgidell” in black marker verso with the first name crossed out and re-inscribed “Patsy” and inscribed: “Warlayirti Artists” above this in black marker verso, given to “Patsy Mudjidel, Nakamarra”, titled “Lizard Dreaming” and further inscribed to this label verso
47.25" x 23.5" — 120 x 59.7 cm.

Estimate $500-$700

Realised: $840
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Attributed to Patsy Mudjidell, Nakamarra (20th/21st Century)
  • Attributed to Patsy Mudjidell, Nakamarra (20th/21st Century)

Private collection, Toronto, purchased while on a trip to Australia in the late 1980s


The typeset label verso states: “the artist is thirty-three years of age./Her language is Ngarti/ The painting depicts a Dreamtime Story which was passed on to Patsy by an uncle when she was a young girl”/
The story tells of a Tjungula man in the form of a Blue Tongued Lizard who was out hunting in the Lurlappi area. The Lizard disappeared into the sinkhole and still lives there today”

The Warlayirti artists were based at remote Balgo in Western Australia. The School of art was established in 1987 after the Balgo people took up painting with acrylic in the early 1980s.

Balgo painting is renowned for its bright, saturated colour and bold designs.

In 1992, the National Gallery of Victoria held a major exhibition of Balgo and other Kimberley art, entitled Images of Power.  Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a 100% Indigenous-owned and operated Art Centre servicing approximately 300 hundred Indigenous artists.


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LOT 134

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