Born: 1940 Malara near Pipalyatjara, South Australia
Pitjantjatjara language group
Community: Fregon South Australia
Painting title: “Malara”
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Size: 112 x 200cm
Note: As an aerial view, this painting can be hung both vertical and horizontall
Taylor’s birthplace is at Malara, a waterhole east of Pipalyatjara. His mother was from the region referred to as Ilturn near Coffin Hill. The site is associated with traditional men’s ceremony. Taylor’s father was from Pipalyatjara, located in the north-western region of South Australia, very close to the Western Australian border.
Taylor is an important senior tribesman and he is a recognised custodian of traditional Aboriginal law and culture. He has never married and his disposition reflects a quiet dignity of a senior man.
The important site of the Wanampi Tjukurrpa and Taylor is ‘nguraritja’ , a traditional custodian of
The Rainbow Serpent ( or WaterSnake) Dreaming as The Malara Wanampi is his Totemic Ancestor.
“That Wanampi came from Malara. He went to Kunytjanu near Pipalyatjara. From Kunytjanu that Wanampi kept walking, walking. He came to Tjuntun ( Kutjupa – different to Tjuntun at Fregon) near Watarru.
He threw one spear and made that rockhole. He went in that rockhole and then he travelled back to Malara.”
(above text as told by Taylor Cooper to his sisters Matjangka Norris and Kunytjitja Brown with Bev Peacock 21st February 2011.
Malara is located on the APY ( Anangu-Pitjantjatjara-Yankunytjatjara ) Lands, Far North-West of South Australia.
Note this painting is from a private collection. We have not met Taylor Copper personally. All Certificates are provided for this stunning piece in both astectics and providence, Insurance value $11,000