Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and Michael Nelson Jagamarra have had some excellent results in the recent auction of Aboriginal paintings (Sotheby’s) in London. Featuring works from Gabriel Pizzi’s private collection the auction brought the stunning 2007 work by Warlimpirringa to the attention of international buyers. Warlimpirringa’s painting sold for a record price of $AUD286437.
Warlimpirrnga was also recently featured in dOCUMENTIA in Kassel, Germany and an exhibition in New York at Salon 94. He traveled to New York for the opening. you can see the exhibition here. An amazing journey for a man who had never encountered a car prior to 1984.
Warlimpirrnga was part of a group of nine nomadic Pintupi people that came out of the desert in 1984 after nearly two decades of isolation in the desert near Lake McKay. After many months of searching for the scarce natural water sources and chasing rain clouds the tap was a welcome sight. Initially the group were met by other Pintupi relatives who had been forced into settlements in the 1950’s. The reunion with family made the transition into community life a little easier despite the challenges presented in adapting to a new style of living and diet. Warlimpirrnga was the senior man of the tribe and had the responsibility of the rest of the group. His reaction and willingness to engage with the new community was followed by the rest of the group. Now many of the Nine have become artists. Yalti, Yukulti, Warlimpirrnga, Walala and Thomas are all established artists in their own right.
For more paintings by Warlimpirringa or to purchase work by Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri Gannon House Gallery has some fine examples here.