Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa – Rain dreaming

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Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa – Rain dreaming


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Born: c 1924

Region/Country: Papunya, NT

Language Group: Warlpiri/Anmatyerre

Born west of Mt. Allen, Dinny Nolan worked as a stockman on many cattle stations in the Northern Territory, before settling in Papunya in the 70’s.

Dinny is a senior Lawman and a recognised leader for Rainmaking and Water Dreaming ceremonies. Among one of the first men to put the traditional body paintings and sand drawings on canvas, Dinny painted his Dreamings along with his brother, Kaapa Tjampitjimpa and his two cousins, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri and Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri.

Dinny Nolan’s art is characterised by his predominant use of natural ochre colours, and the designs he utilises are the same he paints on the bodies of men taking part in ceremonies. His great precision and intricate designs reflect his importance as a senior Walpiri man.

Dnny’s Dreamings are Water, Willy Willy, Pelican, Emu, Bush Turkey, Goanna and Bush Fire.


Rain Dreaming


Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa


75cm. x 141cm.