Artist Profile

Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Born :c.1964
Location :Gibson Desert, Western Australia
Tribe :Pintupi
Language :Pintupi


Thomas Tjapaltjarri


Thomas Tjapaltjarri was born around 1964 in Western Desert, Western Australia.

In 1984 Thomas Tjapaltjarri, his brothers Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Walala Tjapaltjarri and family made national headlines as they walked out from the desert, west of Lake Mackay into Kiwirrkura establishing contact with the “modern world” for the first time. Called “the Last Nomads” had lived undetected and completely unaware of Western Culture for ever before they walked into the 20th Century, bringing with them intact Dreamings and lore that stretched back tens of thousands of years.

This painting conveys the stories of myth concerning early journey paths of Tingari Ancestors throughout the land performing sacred and mythical rituals which opened up new land and life.
















     Thomas Tjapaltjarri


You are welcome to visit the art gallery to view Thomas Tjapaltjarri and other aboriginal artist's artwork on linen, canvas, coolamon, pottery, didgeridoo and boomerang at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

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