Walala Tjapaltjarri (b. 1960, Western Australia) is an Australian Aboriginal artist who has gained worldwide recognition since he began his art career in 1997. Walala has participated in national and international solo and group exhibitions. His paintings are represented in private and public collections in Australia, Europe and the USA.
Walala’s first paintings were in a classical Tingari style usually reserved for body painting, ground painting and the decoration of traditional artifacts. Within months of painting, he developed his own style of work. He does so by abstracting classical Pintupi designs to create highly graphic language that speaks of his country and ceremonial sites. The rectangles in his works prominently form a physical and spiritual map which establishes Walala as a draughtsman for his ancestral country.
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