Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

  • Biography

    Born on a hillside east of Kiwikurra in the late 1950s, Warlimpirrnga was one of a small party of Pintupi whose arrival in Kiwirrkura in 1984 made national headlines. Until this point, at the age of about twenty-five,
    Warlimpirrnga had never encountered Europeans. The group had been following their traditional lifestyle in the area west of Lake Mackay. After three years at the settlement, Warlimpirrnga (As Recorded by The Sydney Morning Herald) approached Daphne Williams of Papunya Tula Artists with the request that he be allowed to paint. The other artists instructed him in the use of paint and canvas, and he completed his first painting for the company in April 1987. His first 11 paintings were exhibited in Melbourne at the Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1988, the entire group being purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria. Warlimpirrnga is married with a son and paints Tingari stories for his country, around the sites of Marua and Kanapilya. He is the brother of Walala Tjapaltjarri and Thomas Tjapaltjarri, also artists, and his wife is well known painter
    Yalti.

    In 2000 he was one of four men who traveled to Sydney for the opening of the Papunya Tula, Genesis and
    Genius Exhibition at the AGNSW. He participated in making designs in sand, a performative ceremony outside the gallery prior to the exhibition opening. In 2012 his work featured in dOCUMENTA (13), an exhibition in Kassel in Germany. In 2015 he was taken to New York and several other cities in the US for the opening of a solo exhibition of his work at Salon 94.

    Following his rise in profile Warlimpirrrnga Tjapaltjarri had several paintings sell at auction in New York and London for in excess of AUD$100000.

    COLLECTIONS:

    Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
    Artbank, Sydney
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
    Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane
    Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney
    National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
    National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
    National Musee Des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, Paris,
    The Kelton Foundation Collection, USA
    Toledo Musuem of Art, Toledo, OH
    University of Sydney Union, Sydney




  • Influences

    Papunya Tula, Genesis and Genius, AGNSW.
    Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert, A Biographical Dictionary, Vivien Johnson, Craftsman House
    Aboriginal Artists Dictionary of Biographies, Kreecmanski, Janusz B & Birnberg, Margo JB Books ISBN 1876622474

  • Exhibitions


    1990 ‘ Friendly Country Friendly People’ Touring Exhibition
    1992 Naidoc Week Exhibition
    1999 Papunya Tula, Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of N.S.W, Sydney
    2001 ‘Pintupi’ Alice Springs
    2012 Documenta, Kassel, Germany
    2015 Salon 94, New York

Showing all 12 artworks

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2018
60 x 179 cm Acrylic on Linen $17,380.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2018
59 x 149 cm Acrylic on Linen $13,200.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2018
61 x 177 cm Acrylic on Linen $17,600.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2018
99 x 89 cm Acrylic on Canvas $12,650.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2018
89 x 75 cm Acrylic on Linen $9,250.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2019
55 x 180 cm Acrylic on Linen $15,400.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2019
97 x 90 cm Acrylic on Linen $14,500.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled - Maruwa, 2021
111 x 98 cm Acrylic on Linen $16,900.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled - Maruwa, 2021
110 x 98 cm Acrylic on Linen $16,900.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled - Maruwa, 2021
109 x 97 cm Acrylic on Linen $16,900.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2018
90 x 96 cm Acrylic on Linen $14,500.00

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Untitled, 2018
150 x 60 cm Acrylic on Canvas $15,180.00