Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri was born circa 1958, east of Kiwirrikurra. In 1984 he was one of a party of nine Pintupi speakers who made their first contact with non-Aboriginal people when they walked out of the desert west of Lake Mackay into the small Kiwirrkura community, just inside the West Australian border west of Alice Springs. In 1987, along with his brothers Thomas Tjapaltjarri and Walala Tjapaltjarri, he began painting for the Papunya Tula Artists cooperative.
His first nine works were purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria. He has emerged as one of Papunya Tula’s major artists. His work follows the strict Pintupi style of strong circles joined together by connecting lines relating to the time honoured way of living and the beliefs that sustained the Aboriginal people and the land and the Dreamtime.
His works are in Major Galleries around Australia.
Selected Exhibitions:
1988, 1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizza, Melbourne;
1989 “Mythscapes” National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; 1990 “Friendly People- Friendly Country”; 1992 “Naidoc Week, Melbourne; 1999 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; 2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs.
Selected Collections:
National Gallery of Victoria;
National Musee Des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, Paris, France.
Kelton Foundation Collection, California, USA;
Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney