Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala Tjapaltjarri was born circa 1960, Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) east of Kiwirrikurra. He was one of the last Pintupi nomads to come out of the desert in 1984. He is the brother of artist Wallimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and Thomas Tjapaltjarri.
He has emerged as one of Papunya Tula’s major artists.
In 1997 he began to paint in a minimalist style reminiscent of engravings on weapons, sand paintings and ritual body painting.
In his art, he depicts the Tingari Cycle, a series of sacred and secret mythological ceremonies describing the epic journeys of Ancestors in the Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime).
1997 14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin; 1998, 2000 Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney;
1998, 2000 Vivienne Anderson Gallery, Melbourne;
1998, 1999, 2000 Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane;
1998 Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, Perth;
1998 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin; 1999 Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, USA;
1999, 2001 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London;
1999 Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy, Canberra; 2000 Stephane Jacob, Paris, France;
2000 Dar Festival Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane;
2000 Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra;
2000 17th National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Canberra;
2002 Aboriginal Galleries of Australia, Melbourne;
2003 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne.
Collections include:
AMP Investments Australia; Axiom Funds Management, Sydney; Gantner Myer Aboriginal Collection; Deutsche Morgan Grenfel, Perth;
El Paso Energy International Co, Houston, Texas;
Flinders University, Adelaide;
Kaplan and Levi Collection, Seattle, USA;
New South Wales Art Gallery, Sydney;
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA