Feature Artist: Walala Tjapaltjarri

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Walala Tjapaltjarri and his family group were amongst the last nomadic desert dwellers to join their kinsmen in the small settlements that had grown around the periphery of their homelands. The family Рfour brothers, three sisters and two mothers Рhad lived a subsistence life, isolated from their relatives who had left their desert homelands twenty years earlier.

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After making contact with their relatives, the Pintupi nine as they became known, were invited to live at Kiwirrkura, where most of them still reside. During this time, Walala and his brother, Thomas Tjapaltjarri took an interest in the painting movement that was happening around them, and established their names as artists painting the Tingari stories of their ancestral country.

Since he began painting in 1997, Walala Tjapaltjarri has gained worldwide recognition, participating in several national and international solo and group exhibitions. His style is strongly gestural and boldly graphic, one that is generally highlighted by a series of rectangles set against a monochrome background.

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Walala’s paintings are represented in private and public collections in Australia, Europe and the U.S.A.