Thomas Tjapaltjarri

Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Born: c1964
Location: Gibson Desert, Western Australia
Language: Pintupi

Thomas Tjapaltjarri was born sometime around 1964 in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. Thomas and his family which includes fellow artists Warlimpirrnga, Walala, Yukultji, Yalti and Tjakaria led a completely nomadic life until they emerged from the desert, coming to Kiwirrkurra in 1984. Dubbed “the Last Nomads” or “the group of nine”, they had had no contact with western society until this point. Leading a completely traditional existence before this time they were finally forced out of the desert to seek eligible wives for Thomas and his brothers Warlimpirrnga and Walala. Three years later Thomas commenced painting for Papunya Tula artists after encouragement from Warlimpirrnga.

Thomas paints simple, geometric designs and uses a dotting technique shared with other Pintupi artists such as his brothers, Warlimpirrnga and Walala, and with George Ward Tjungurrayi. Thomas paints the Tingari Cycle and Men’s Business. Tingari are the legendary beings of the Pintupi people that travelled the desert performing rituals, teaching law, creating landforms and shaping what would become ceremonial sites. As far as we can know, the meanings behind Tingari paintings are multi-layered, however, those meaning are not available to the uninitiated.

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Title: Tingari Cycle
Artist
: Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Size
: 60cm x 90cm
Price
: $2800.00

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Title: Tingari Dreaming
Artist
: Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Size
: 152cm x 42cm
Price
: $3900.00

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The painting depicts the journey that the Tingari ancestors travelled, creating and shaping sacred ceremonial sites.
The Tingari ancestors performed ceremonies and instilled law and culture to the Pintupi Aboriginal people of the Western Desert.

 

© Indigenous Instyle (ABN:79796849701)
Copyright for the artworks remain with the artists

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