Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

(Biography courtesy of Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery, Darwin.)

c. 1960
Western Desert, Gibson Deser

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri was born east of Kiwirrkura in the late 1950s. He is the brother of artist Walala Tjapaltjarri. In late 1984, Walala and eight other relatives of the Pintupi Tribe walked out of the desert in Western Australia and made contact for the first time with European society.

Described as 'The Lost Tribe', he and his family created international headlines. Until this time Warlimpirrnga and his family lived the traditional and nomadic life of a hunter-gatherer society. Their intimate knowledge of the land, its flora and fauna and waterholes allowed them to survive, as their ancestors had for thousands of years. It is this sacred landscape with its significant sites that Warlimpirrnga so strikingly describes in his paintings.

In 1987 Warlimpirrnga completed his first painting for Papunya Tula Artists and in 1988 the First eleven paintings were exhibited at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, This entire collection was purchased and donated to the National Gallery of Victoria. Warlimpirrnga exhibited with Ray James Tjangala at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1999. Exhibitions include 'Mythscapes (1989) and 'Friendly Country Friendly People, (1990).



1989 Mythscapes, Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria
1990 L'ete Australien a' Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France
1991/1992 Friendly Country, Friendly People, Touring Exhibition, through Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1993 Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Kung Gubunga, Oasis Gallery, Broadbeach, QLD
2002-2005 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, a national travelling exhibition
2003 Kintore Kiwirrkura, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne



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

Tingari Cycle
AUD 39000

122cm x 122cm
Acrylic on linen

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