Gallery Director Comments: Warlimpirrnga is one of the most important Indigenous artists of our time and this is something that galleries and serious collectors have known for many years. His 2015 sellout Solo Exhibition at Salon 94 Gallery in New York, the success achieved at Art Miami (all 8 artworks by Warlimpirrnga offered sold for between $20,000 – $80,000) and the record price of $20,000+ attained for a 121cm x 122cm piece by the artist at the October 2016 Deutscher and Hackett Auction means that the secret is now most definitely out.
Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri is one of Papunya Tula’s most senior artists. He was born east of Kiwirrkura in the late 1950s. In late 1984, Warlimpirrnga and eight other relatives of the Pintupi Tribe walked out of the desert in Western Australia and made contact for the first time with European society. Described as ‘The Lost Tribe’, he and his family created international headlines. Until this time Warlimpirringa and his family lived the traditional and nomadic life of a hunter-gatherer society. Their intimate knowledge of the land, its flora and fauna and waterholes allowed them to survive, as their ancestors had for thousands of years. It is this sacred landscape with its significant sites that Warlimpirringa so strikingly describes in his paintings.
• 2015 Maparntjarra, Salon 94, NYC
• 2010 Desert Icons, Australasian Arts Project, Singapore
• 2003 Kintore Kiwrrkurra, Melbourne VIC
• 2002 Native Title Business, National Travelling Exhibition AUS
• 1999 Exhibition with Ray James, Tjangala, Melbourne VIC
• 1993 Aboriginal Art Exhibition
• 1991 Friendly Country, Friendly People, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
• 1990 L’ete Australien a Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France
• 1989 Mythscapes, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
• Kelton Foundation, USA
• Macquarie Bank, Sydney
• National Gallery of Victoria
• National Musee Des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, Paris, France