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THOMAS TJAPALTJARRI

$1,900.00

THOMAS TJAPALTJARRI
“Tingari”
Acrylic on linen.
Painted in 2019.
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
Artwork is stretched and ready to hang.
91cm x 73cm

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Description

THOMAS TJAPALTJARRI
“Tingari”
Acrylic on linen.
Painted in 2019.
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
Artwork is stretched and ready to hang.
91cm x 73cm

 

ARTIST BIO

Thomas Tjapaltjarri (born 1964) and his brothers Warlimpirrnga and Walala have become well known in the contemporary Indigenous Australian art world as the Tjapaltjarri Brothers. Thomas and his family lived a traditional nomadic way of life in Central Desert Australia. They are Warlpiri men from the Tanami Desert. They had never come into contact with Western civilisation until they wondered out of the desert in 1984, which made news headlines around the world. They became known as “The Last Nomads” or “The Lost Tribe”. Most other Pintupi families had been settled in remote towns to the east and west of their traditional country during the 1950s.

Thomas began painting in December 1987. His brother Warlimpirrnga had already made a name for himself as an artist and he encouraged Thomas to paint too. Thomas and Walala joined the Papunya Tula artists, and they and Warlimpirrnga eventually gained fame internationally as the Tjapaltjarri Brothers.

His paintings depict stories of the “Tingari” cycle, explaining the sacred creation story that occurred during the Dreamtime. His designs are inspired by those painted on the body during traditional ceremonies. Thomas paints in bold earthy colours (black, white and ochres, reds and oranges). He paints geometric “Tingari” shapes with dotted lines, which is a style that his brothers also represent in their own unique ways.

Thomas, along with his brothers Walala and Warlimpirringa, have exhibited widely in major aboriginal galleries in Australia and overseas.