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Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri / Tingari (1A)

147cm x 90cm Acrylic on Linen

SKU: 17048-AK


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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.

In 1987 Warlimpirringa completed his first painting for Papunya Tula Artists and in 1988 the first eleven paintings were exhibited at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne. This entire collection was purchased and donated to the National Gallery of Victoria. Warlimpirringa exhibited with Ray James Tjangala at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1999. Exhibitions include ‘Mythscapes (1989) and ‘Friendly Country Friendly People, (1990).
Amongst the many important collections that hold his work is the Kelton Foundation in Santa Monica, USA, the Macquarie Bank, Sydney, Musee des Arts Africians et Oceaniens, Paris and of course the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. His exhibition history is impressive as is the number of influential books in which he is included.
Selected Exhibitions
• 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
Selected Collections
• Art Gallery of NSW
• Kelton Foundation, USA

• Macquarie Bank, Sydney
• National Gallery of Victoria
• National Musee Des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, Paris, France

This painting depicts designs associated with the site of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). In mythological times a large group of Tingari Men travelled from Pulkurrlu which is on the eastern side of the lake to Wilkinkarra to perform ceremonies. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature no further detail was given. Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.

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