Aboriginal Art

Thomas Tjapaltjarri

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Born in the Gibson Desert near Lake Mackay and east of Kiwirkurra c.1964, Thomas Tjapaltjarri was a member of a small group of nine Pintupi people who made international headlines when they walked

out of the desert in 1984 due to severe drought. Until this time they had allowed no contact with Europeans and led a traditional nomadic lifestyle. His two elder brothers, Walimpiringa and Walala Tjapaltjarri are both acclaimed artists.

The subject of his paintings relates to the ‘Tingari ancestors’, the sacred sites, and water soakages in the Gibson Desert important to these ancestors and his people.

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