In 1984 Walala Tjapaltjarri was amongst a small group of Pintup, including his brother Thomas and Warlimpirrnga and his sister Yukultji, who walked out of the desert and into the tiny community of Kiwirrkura. They had been struggling for water and had come across a relaitive who had mentioned that there was somewhere where water was plentiful. This was their first contact with Europeans.
Walala was introduced to painting by one of his older brothers Warlimpirrnga (now a painter of international acclaim). Within three years Walala and Warlimpirrnga were painting for the renowned Papunya Tula Artists cooperative. They then branched out to deal with independent galleries in Sydney and Melbourne.
Walala paints the abstracted forms of the claypanss in the desert where the Tingari ancestors traveled. The tingari ancestors are an integral part of teaching young men how to be in the world and many ceremonies are performed in their name.
The Tingari cycles or paths are painted using simple, geometric and bold forms.
Walala Tjapaltjarri's ipaintings have been included in many major collections and his work appeared in the Spirit Country Exhibition, shown in San Francisco in 1998.
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