Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri has become one of our most popular and collectable artists of the last two years and there are many reasons why. His story is unusual, he is very talented and has been recognised for this talent world over.
Living a completely nomadic life with no western contact until his late teens gives Warlimpirringa Tajapltjarri a strength of connection to his land and culture few people have experienced. He began to paint with the western desert men in his late 20’s, developing his style, firstly using the symbols and techniques taught to him by the other men, later honing his skill and developing his own distinctive style. He paints the aerial views of places important to the Pintupi people, Marua, Marrapinti and Kapalinya are some of the areas he paints. The paintings almost vibrate with the fine white lines appearing to shimmer like the sand blowing across the vast tracts of land in the desert.
In 1988, not long after he began painting, an entire collection he painted for the Gabriele Pizzi gallery in Melbourne was purchased by the National Museum of Victoria. He traveled to the US in 2015 for the opening of an exhibition of his work at Salon 94 in New York and then to Miami to the Perez Art Museum. At both events he spoke with composure and passion about his work to rooms full of people. His paintings hung on stark white walls, a complete contrast to the desert work space where they are created on the floor. His work is sought by many collectors internationally and have been included in exhibitions in Germany, Italy, US and UK over the last 15 years.
The highest price achieved for his paintings at auction this year was in March for Marua (Maruwa), 142 x 242cm, $85000 including buyers premium.
Gannon House has one of the larger collections of his work so please get in touch or browse the collection online.