Born in the Gibson Desert east of Kiwikurra in the early 1960’s, Walala 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.
Walala began painting in 1997 at the remote community of Kiwikurra, depicting the sacred men’s Tingari
formations initially in the archetypal circular symbols and later in the linear graphic forms.
His works are completely unique in style but are derived from the stories and teachings of Tingari sites, body paint designs and men’s business.
‘Spirit Country’ The California Palace of the Legion of Honour, San Francisco, U.S.A., 1999, Jennifer Isaacs
‘Painting the Desert’ Alliance Francaise de Canberra and the French Embassy, 1999, Maud Girard-Geslan and Luc Chailleu.
‘Beyond the Fatal Shore ‘ Producer, Robert Hughes for Oxford TV, BBC & ABC, 2000
1997 ’14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, N.T.
1998 ‘Tingari-My Dreaming’, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
1998 ’15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, N.T.
1999 ‘Spirit Country’ The California Palace of the Legion of Honour, San Francisco, U.S.A.
1999 ‘Painting the Desert’ Alliance Francaise de Canberra and the French Embassy. Canberra,
1999 ‘Recent Works by Walala Tjapaltjarri and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri’, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.
1999 ‘Tingari Cycle, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1999 16th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, N.T.
2000 ‘Lines’, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2000 ‘My Country – Journeys of our Ancestors’ Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns, QLD.
2000 ‘Walala Tjapatjarri and Dr George Tjapaltjarri’, Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
2000 ‘Landmarks Exhibition’, Dar Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland
2000 ‘Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award’, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra
2000-01 ‘The Art of Place Exhibition’, Australian Heritage Commission, National Tour
2000 ‘Songlines: Walala Tjapaltjarri & Dorothy Napangardi ‘, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England
2000 ’17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, N.T.
2000 ‘ Melbourne ArtFair 2000′, Melbourne, Australia
2000/01 – “The Art of Place”, Australian Heritage Commission, National Tour
2001 – 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award, Darwin, NT
1998 Tingari – Men’s Business’, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1998 Walala Tjapaltjarri Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
1998 ‘Tingari Cycle’ an exhibition of works by Walala Tjapaltjarri, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane, QLD.
AMP Investments Australia, Sydney, N.S.W.
Axiom Funds Management, Sydney, N.S.W.
Gantner Myer Aboriginal Art Collection
CNC International Corporation, Sydney, N.S.W.
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Perth, W.A.
El Paso Energy International Co, Houston, Texas
Epic Energy Australia, Brisbane, QLD.
Flinders University, Adelaide, S.A.
Hastings Funds Management, Melbourne, VIC.
Kaplan & Levi Collection, Seattle, U.S.A.
New South Wales Art Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.
Artbank, Sydney, N.S.W.
Museum of Fine Arts San
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