Walala Tjapaltjarri


Artist Biography

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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Artist Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

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.

Group Exhibitions:
2000-01 ‘The Art of Place Exhibition’, Australian Heritage Commission, National Tour

2000 ‘Walala Tjapatjarri and Dr George Tjapaltjarri’, Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW.
‘Songlines: Walala Tjapaltjarri & Dorothy Napangardi ‘, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England
‘My Country – Journeys of our Ancestors’ Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns, QLD.
‘Lines’, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
‘Landmarks Exhibition’, Dar Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland
‘Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award’, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra
’17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, N.T.
‘ Melbourne ArtFair 2000’, Melbourne, Australia

1999 ‘Tingari Cycle, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
‘Spirit Country’ The California Palace of the Legion of Honour, San Francisco, U.S.A.
‘Recent Works by Walala Tjapaltjarri and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri’, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.
‘Painting the Desert’ Alliance Francaise de Canberra and the French Embassy. Canberra, A.C.T.
’16th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, N.T.
‘Tingari-My Dreaming’, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
’15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, N.T.
’14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, N.T.

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