Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri

192 Career Overall Rank

- 2013 Market Rank

  • Born: 1916 - 2010
  • Active: 1985-

  • Region: Tanami Desert, NT
  • Community: Yuendumu, Yuendumu
  • Outstation: Kunajarrayi
  • Language: Warlpiri

Market Analysis


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Profile


Paddy Tjapaltjarri Sims (1916-2010) was born south-west of Yuendumu prior to contact with Europeans. He began painting in the early 1980’s while  passing on his knowledge to many of the young men at the Yuendumu school. There was concern among the Warlpiri elders at the time, that the young people were loosing touch with their cultural identity.  In 1984, the school principle asked the senior men to paint ancestral designs on the school doors. In all, thirty doors were painted by Paddy Sims, Paddy Stewart, and three other countrymen. The five artists let loose with loud pinks, purples and blues in a confident gestural style, revolutionary and raw but also determinedly political.  This  ‘eruption of painting’ was characterized by large brushstrokes and a ‘messy’ finish, clearly distinguishing it from the earthy ochres and hard edge precision of Papunya works.

After the doors were completed, thirteen huge collaborative canvases were painted by the men and brought south for the world to see. Their recognition and legitimization by the educational authorities at Yuendumu, helped to fuel the confident, flamboyant Warlpiri style that took the art world by surprise during the mid 1980’s. Over time Paddy Sims played a seminal role in refining this trademark style.

By 1986, Warlukurlangu Artists had been established and Paddy became one of its principle male artists. He was selected by The Power Gallery, Sydney University,  to travel to Paris with five other Warlpiri men from Yuendumu to create a ground painting installation at the exhibition 'Magiciens de la Terre' at the Centre Georges Pompidou. The trip took place in May 1989 and the painting was received with world-wide acclaim.

Twelve years after their creation, having survived the harsh desert elements and school children’s graffiti, the ‘Yuendumu Doors’ were purchased by the South Australian Museum . They were taken away for a long period of restoration and subsequently toured nationally. In 2000 Paddy Sims and Paddy Stewart, the two principle participants, undertook to produce 30 etchings of the original Yuendumu Doors. Under the guidance of Basil Hall, Northern Editions Printmaker (Northern Territory University) they created a folio of prints that was received with great acclaim. It won the 16th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, for works on paper.

From the moment he began painting Paddy Sims’ was revered as one of the greatest of all Warlpiri male artists. His paintings were included in numerous landmark exhibitions.  Amongst them was Dreaming: The Art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, New York, 1988; The Continuing Tradition, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1989; and Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1989.

Profile References

Ryan, Judith, Bardon, Geoff & National Gallery of Victoria. 1989. Mythscapes : Aboriginal art of the desert from the National Gallery of Victoria. Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria.

Style


Sites

Subjects

Witchetty Grub , Snake , Fire Stick, Women’s Dreamings, Possum, Wind, Stars, Rock Wallaby , Milky Way

Medium

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen and Canvas

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance


Career Totals AIAM100 Rank
192
AIAM100 Rating
0.8511
Sold/Offered
26/46
Clearance Rate
57%
Average Price
$3,410
Total Price
$88,662
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
0.0920 0.0940 0.0000 0.0574 0.2629 0.1696 0.2536 0.0000 0.0000 0.0767 0.1800 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000
3/4 2/2 0/0 1/2 4/8 3/5 4/4 0/2 0/0 2/5 2/5 0/0 0/1 0/0
$940 $2,208 $0 $3,290 $4,320 $3,197 $4,020 $0 $0 $1,469 $8,100 $0 $0 $0
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2013

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction


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Title Auction Date Sale Price
1 Yanjilpirri Jukurrpa (Milky Way Dreaming)
dimensions: 183 x 122 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne  Lot: 172
26/07/2010 $0000.00
2 Warlu Jukurrpa (Fire Stick Dreaming) 1991
dimensions: 181.5 x 90.5 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen
auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  Lot: 142
31/10/2006 $0000.00
3 Ngarlkiri (Witchety Grub) Dreaming at Kunajarrayi (c. 1985)
dimensions: 153 x 108 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  Lot: 650
28/11/1995 $0000.00
4 Mens Dreaming, 1998
dimensions: 122 x 90 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  Lot: 132
23/11/2004 $0000.00
5 Possum Dreaming, 1994
dimensions: 122 x 46 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  Lot: 12
25/05/2004 $0000.00
6 Burrowing Skink Dreaming 1987
dimensions: 109 x 120 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen
auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  Lot: 141
31/10/2006 $0000.00
7 Karnta Jukurrpa (Women Dreaming), 2000
dimensions: 122 x 77.5 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen
auction: Shapiro Auctioneers, Sydney  Lot: 110
21/07/2004 $0000.00
8 Walpa Jukurrpa (Wind Dreaming), 1987
dimensions: 90 x 75 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on linen
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  Lot: 298
31/05/2005 $0000.00
9 Warna Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming) 1989
dimensions: 122 x 91.5 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
auction: Sotheby's Australia Pty. Ltd., Melbourne  Lot: 267
30/06/1997 $0000.00
10 Ngarlkirdi Jukurrpa (Witchetty Grub Dreaming)
dimensions: 90.5 x 213 cm medium: Acrylic on linen
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  Lot: 140
05/12/2010 $0000.00

Available Artworks


Title Market Value
1 Witi Jukurrpa (Ceremonial Poles) - Yanjirlypirri
dimensions: 152.0 x 107.0 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
$16,000
2 Yanjirlipiri Jukurrpa (Star dreaming)
dimensions: 61.0 x 61.0 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
$2,500
3 Yanjilpirri Jukurrpa (Milky Way Dreaming)
dimensions: 91.0 x 46.0 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
$2,650
4 Marla Jukurrpa (Rock Wallaby Dreaming)
dimensions: 122.0 x 107.0 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
$11,500
5 Warlukurlangu Jukurrpa-Fire
dimensions: 120.0 x 91.0 cm medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
$9,900