Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Artwork

Artist Biography

Walimpirringha Tjapaltjarri born in the 1950s started painting in 1987, working with Papunya Tula.Initially practising under the tutelage of other artists at the company, he finished his first painting for them in April 1987. His first public exhibition was in Melbourne, the following year. It showed eleven of his paintings, all of which were bought for the National Gallery of Victoria.He has since become one of central Australia’s most well-known artists.

Warlimpirrnga paints abstract images of sacred stories and songs from his family’s Dreaming. The stories focus around the Tingari, the ancestors of the Pintupi, spirit beings who are believed to have created all living things. His stories are about his country and sacred sites such as Marruwa and Kanapilya.
His work is held in several major public collections across Australia, such as in the National Gallery in Canberra, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the National Gallery of Victoria.He also has work in galleries overseas, such as the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia. In 2012, his work was shown as part of the documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany.

 

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Artist Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Piermarq, Sydney, Marawa

2009 Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Patrick Tjungarrayi, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, VIC

1988 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2018 Piermarq, Sydney, Tjukurrpa: Stories from the Western Desert

2017 ‘NEW the latest from Kiwirrkurra’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

2016 James Makin Gallery, Melbourne, From the Western Desert

2015 ‘Community VII’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
‘No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting’, Nevada Museum of Art,
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Perez Art Museum Miami, USA

2014 ‘Abstraction’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

2013 ‘Painting Now’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
‘Community V’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW

2012 ‘Abstraction’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
‘Classic Works from Papunya Tula Artists’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
‘Community IV: Celebrating Forty Years of Papunya Tula Artists’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
‘Unique Perspectives: Papunya Tula Artists and the Alice Springs Community,’ Araluen Arts Centre, NT

2011 ’40 years of Papunya Tula Artists’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2010 ‘Ngurra Kutju Ngurrara – Belonging To One Country’, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
‘Wilkinkarralakutu – Journeys To Lake Mackay’, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin, NT
‘Aboriginal Art 2010’, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, VIC

2009 ‘5th Annual Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition’, Shalom College UNSW, NSW
‘Nganana Tjungurrayi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja: We are Here Sharing our Dreaming’, East Galleries, New York, USA
‘Community – The Heart of Papunya Tula Artists’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
‘Pintupi 2009’, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
‘Painting the Country’, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin, NT, Australia
‘26th Telstra National Abroginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, NT, Australia
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, The Chain Building, Bennett Park Darwin, Australia
‘Papunya 2009, Senior Pintupi Artists’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
‘Papunya Tula Classics’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW, Australia
‘Nganampatju Kanpatja Winki, Nganampatju Yara Winkii – All Our Paintings, All Our Stories’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
‘Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya – Same Stories, A New Way’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT

2008 ‘Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Handle With Care’, Art Gallery of South Australia
‘David Larwill and the Western Desert Artists’, Stephan Wiess Studio, NY
‘New Paintings from Papunya Tula Artists’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
‘Aboriginal Art 2008’, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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