Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri is one of the leading lights in western desert art. He and his family made international headlines when they made their fist contact with the community at Kiwikurra 1984. Until this point, at the age of about twenty-five, Warlimpirrnga had never encountered Europeans or lived in a settlement. The group had been following their traditional nomadic lifestyle in the area west of Lake Mackay.
After three years at the settlement in Kiwikurra, 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.
Images of Pintupi 9 from The Australian (News publication)
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