DOB: c. 1956
Born: Mintjilpirri, Kintore, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pintupi
COMMUNITY: Kintore, NT
Hilary Tjapaltjarri was born about 1941 at Mintjilpirri, south west of Kintore in the Northern Territory. His family lived for a time a Hassts Bluff, and Hilary also lived with Turkey Tolson's family in Hassts Bluff.
He worked as a stockman for many years and first became curious about painting when he saw the Papunya Tula Artists painting in the 1970. However, it was not until 1985 that Hilary began his artistic career and began painting regularly for the Papunya Tula Artists.
Hilary Tjapaltjarri learnt about the Dreamtime stories from his father. Hilary's traditional country is south-west of Kintore and his paintings usually depict the Snake Dreaming. His work is primarily concerned with Tingari designs associated with sacred sites in his ancestral lands