Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

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Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri Tingari
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Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri Biography

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri was born circa 1958 east of Kirwirrkurra, Western Australia. He had a nomadic childhood with eight others of his extended family group including his brothers Walala and Thomas Tjapaltjarri who are also artists.

In late 1984 his family made international news when they moved back to Kirwirrkurra and had first contact with Europeans. They were described as ‘the last nomads’ as they had been living a traditional life unchanged from their ancestors for thousands of years up until making contact with the west. He is considered to be one of the last Pintupi (his language group) to make contact with modern Australia.

He began painting in 1987 for the Papunya Tula artists, just three years after emerging from his desert life around Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).

His works depict the Tingari cycle stories recounting the mythological ancestors and the sacred site surrounding his sacred land in the Western Desert. His paintings are abstract in design yet are bold and striking whilst remaining traditional.

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri Resumé


Kelton Foundation Collection, California, USA
Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney
Musee des Arts Africians et Oceaniens, Paris
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


1989 - Mythscapes, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1990 - I'ete Australien a Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France
1991, 1992 - Friendly Country, Friendly People, Touring Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1993 - Aboriginal Art Exhibition
1999 - Exhibition with Ray James Tjangala, Melbourne
2002-2005 - Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, a national travelling exhibition
2003 - Kintore Kiwirrkurra, Melbourne

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