Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa – Untitled

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Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa – Untitled


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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.

Authenticity Certificate will include finishing photos of the artist with this painting.

One of Dinny Nolan’s designs was used for a stained glass window in the National Gallery of Victoria. Dinny Nolan, when interviewed, said that he is a survivor of the Coniston massacre. (This was the last officially condoned massacre of Aboriginal people. About 70 Warlpiri men and women were murdered on Coniston Station in August 1928).


Selected Exhibitions:

1977 Realities Gallery, Melbourne;

1983 “Recent Australian Paintings: A Survey 1970-1983”;

1988 Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Artist – in – residence (with Maxie Tjampitjinpa);

1989 Westpac Gallery, Melbourne;

1989 Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne;

1993 Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth;

1993 The Haven Gallery, Melbourne;

2000, 2002 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.


Selected Collections:

• National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;

• National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne;

• Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide;

• Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth;

• University of Western Australia anthropology Museum, Perth;

• Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs;

• Holmes a Court;

• Artbank.




Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa


124 x 60cm