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WALALA TJAPALTJARRI & THOMAS TJAPALTJARRI (SOLD)

WALALA TJAPALTJARRI & THOMAS TJAPALTJARRI
“Tingari”
Acrylic on linen.
Painted in 2017.
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
Artwork is stretched and ready to hang.
147cm x 157cm

Description

WALALA TJAPALTJARRI & THOMAS TJAPALTJARRI
“Tingari”
Acrylic on linen.
Painted in 2017.
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
Artwork is stretched and ready to hang.
147cm x 157cm

 

ARTIST BIO

Thomas Tjapaltjarri (born 1964) and his brothers Warlimpirrnga and Walala have become well known in the contemporary Indigenous Australian art world as the Tjapaltjarri Brothers. Thomas and his family lived a traditional nomadic way of life on the western side of Lake Mackay, in the Gibson Desert in Central Australia. They had never come into contact with Western civilisation until they wondered out of the desert in 1984, which made news headlines around the world. They became known as “The Last Nomads” or “The Lost Tribe”. Most other Pintupi families had been settled in remote towns to the east and west of their traditional country during the 1950s.

Thomas began painting in December 1987, a few years after settling at Kiwirrkurra. His brother Warlimpirrnga had already made a name for himself as an artist and he encouraged Thomas to paint too. Thomas and Walala joined the Papunya Tula artists, and they and Warlimpirrnga eventually gained fame internationally as the Tjapaltjarri Brothers.

His paintings depict stories from the Pintupi dreaming. They are mostly about places and events in the Tingari cycle (a cycle of myths about the ancestors of the Pintupi). His designs are inspired by those painted on the body during ceremonies. He uses acrylic paints on canvas, sticking to earthy colours (black, white and ochres). He paints simple shapes with dotted lines, which is a style that his brothers also use.

Thomas, along with his brothers Walala and Warlimpirringa, has exhibited widely in almost all aboriginal galleries in Australia and overseas.

 

Walala Tjapaltjarri and his brothers Warlimpirrnga and Thomas have become well known in the contemporary Indigenous Australian art world as the Tjapaltjarri Brothers. Walala and his family grew up living the traditional nomadic way of life in the Gibson Desert in central Australia.

They had never previously had any contact with Western civilisation until they walked out of the desert in 1984, which made news headlines around the world. They became known as “The Last Nomads” or “The Lost Tribe”. Most other Pintupi families had been settled in remote outstations to the east and west of their traditional country during the 1950s.

Walala’s paintings depict “Tingari” – ancient Dreamtime ancestral spirits who travelled across the landscape performing ceremonies to create and shape the country associated with Dreaming sites, like rock holes and mountains.

Walala’s style is identified by a repeated pattern of geometric squares and dots, using either muted tones or bright colours. Walala, along with his brothers Thomas and Warlimpirringa, have exhibited their paintings in many galleries in Australia and overseas.

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