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THOMAS TJAPALTJARRI

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BIOGRAPHY

Artist: Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Skin Name: Tjapaltjarri
Born: c.1964
Region: Kiwirrkura, Western Desert
Language: Pintupi
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Tingari cycle.

 

ABOUT ARTIST

Thomas Tjapaltjarri was born c.1964 in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. Thomas and his family droup which includes of four brothers Warlimpirrnga, Walala, Tamlik, and Yari Yari three sisters Yardi, Yikultji and Tjakaraia led a

completely nomadic life until they emerged from the desert, coming to Kiwirrkurra in 1984. They were named "the Last Nomads" or "the Pintupi nine", the family group had had no contact with western society until this point. Astoundingly, he transitioned from an utterly traditional lifestyle to commencing as an artist within a matter of a few years and painting the traditional stories of his people.

Thomas paints simple, geometric designs and uses a dotting technique shared with other Pintupi artists such as his brothers, Warlimpirrnga and Walala, and with Willy and George Ward Tjungurrayi. Thomas's works explore the stories of the Tingari cycle. Tingari are the legendary beings of the Pintupi people that travelled the desert performing rituals, teaching law, creating landforms and shaping what would become ceremonial sites. As far as we can know, the meanings behind Tingari paintings are multi-layered, however, those meaning are not available to the uninitiated.

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

COLLECTIONS:

  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne, VIC.

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