Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

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DOB: c.1958
Born: near Kiwirrkura, WA
Language: Pintupi
Community: Kiwirrkura, WA

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri was born sometime around 1958, east of Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia. Warlimpirrnga and his family, which includes fellow artists Thomas, Walala, Yukultji, Yalti and Tjakaria, led a completely nomadic life until they emerged from the desert around Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), coming to Kiwirrkurra in 1984. Dubbed "The Last Nomads" or "The Group of Nine", they had had no contact with western society until this point.
Amazingly, Warlimpirrnga transitioned from an utterly traditional lifestyle to commencing as an artist with Papunya Tula within three years. By 1988, he had his first exhibition in Melbourne.

Warlimpirrnga paints in two main styles, using geometric shapes to represent the Tingari story or lines interspersed with dotting for his dreaming concerning the sacred site of Lake Mackay of which he is the custodian. Warlimpirrnga employs a dotting technique shared with other Pintupi artists such as his brothers, Thomas and Walala, and with George Ward Tjungurrayi.

Tingari are the legendary beings of the Pintupi people that travelled the desert performing rituals, teaching law, creating landforms and shaping what would become ceremonial sites. As far as we can know, the meanings behind Tingari paintings are multi-layered, however, those meanings are not available to the uninitiated.

Despite his late start to painting, Warlimpirrnga is regarded as a very serious artist. Today, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri spends his time between Alice Springs, NT and Kiwirrkurra, WA in his home lands.

Highest Auction Result
Highest Auction Result is $286,471 including BP



Collections

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica
  • Macquarie Group Collection, Sydney
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • National Musee Des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, Paris
  • Moree Plains Gallery, Moree
  • Griffith University Art Collection, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane
  • Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • The Luczo Family Collection, USA
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Artbank, Sydney

Awards and Recognition

2009 26th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2005 22nd NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2002 19th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist

History

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Marawa, Piermarq, Sydney
2015 Solo Exhibition 'Maparntjarra' travelling the USA: amongst other locations: Salon 94, Gallery on the Bowery, New York, USA; Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA
2009 Warlimpirrnga Tjaplatjarri, Patrick Tjungurrayi, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
1988 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Pintupi Artists of the Western Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2018 Three Brothers, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2018 Reverence - Sydney Contemporary, D'Lan Davidson, Sydney
2018 Tjukurrpa: Stories from the Western Desert, Piermarq, Sydney
2017 NEW - The latest from Kiwirrkurra, Utopia Art Sydney
2016 From the Western Desert, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2015 No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting, Nevada Museum of Art, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Perez Art Museum Miami, USA
2015 Community VII, Utopia Art, Sydney
2014 Abstraction, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Painting Now, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Community V, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Unique Perspectives: Papunya Tula Artists and the Alice Springs Community, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2012 dOKUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany
2012 Community IV: Celebrating Forty Years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Classic Works from Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Abstraction, Utopia Art, Sydney
2011 40 years of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2010 Wilkinkarralakutu - Journeys to Lake Mackay, Cross Cultural Art Exchange (CCAE), Darwin
2010 Ngurra Kutju Ngurrara - Belonging to One Country, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 Desert Icons Australasian Arts Project, Singapore
2010 Aboriginal Art 2010, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2009 5th Annual Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Shalom College University of NSW, Sydney
2009 Community - The Heart of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2009 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, The Chain Building, Bennett Park, Darwin
2009 Nganampatju Kanpatja Winki, Nganampatju Yara Winkii - All Our Paintings, All Our Stories, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2009 Nganana Tjungurrayi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja: We are Here Sharing our Dreaming, East Galleries, New York, USA
2009 Painting the Country, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2009 Papunya 2009, Senior Pintupi Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2009 Papunya Tula Classics, Utopia Art, Sydney
2009 Pintupi 2009, Tony Bond Art Dealer, Adelaide
2009 Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - Same Stories, A New Way, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2009 Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, Patrick Tjungarrayi, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2008 New Paintings from Papunya Tula Artists, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2008 David Larwill and the Western Desert Artists, Stephan Weiss Studio, New York, USA
2008 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art: Handle With Care, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2008 Aboriginal Art 2008, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2007 The Black and White Show, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2007 Pintupi - Mixed Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2007 Master Works from Papunya Tula, Birrung Gallery, Sydney
2007 Group Show, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Elysees de l'Art, Galerie Arts d'Australie - Stephane Jacob, Paris, France
2007 Big Paintings by Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2007 Aboriginal Art 2007, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2006 Well Represented, Utopia art, Sydney
2006 PTA, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Pintupi, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK
2006 Pintupi Dreamtime, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2006 Pintupi Art 2006, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2006 Papunya Tula Artists 2006, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2006 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2006 Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2006 Group Show, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour
2006 Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2006 Aboriginal Art 2006, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Strong and Stately' Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2005 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2005 Pintupi Art 2005, Tony Bond Art Dealer, Adelaide
2005 Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2005 Papunya Tula - New Paintings from the Kiwirrkura Region, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour
2005 New Works from the Western Desert, Indigenart, Perth
2005 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier
2005 Living Legends of the Western Desert, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney
2005 Aboriginal Art 2005, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2004 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2004 Papunya Tula - Selected Paintings, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2004 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Carnegie Gallery & Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
2004 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Ararat Gallery, Ararat
2004 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston
2004 Melbourne Art Fair 2004, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2004 Ma Yungu/Pass It On, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2004 Looking Closely at Country, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Sydney
2004 Aboriginal Art 2004, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2004 Talking About Abstraction, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2004 Pintupi Art 2004, Tony Bond Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
2004 Papunya Tula Artists - 2004, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
2004 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne
2004 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2004 All About Papunya, Chapman Gallery Canberra
2003 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2003 Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Perth
2003 Pintupi Art 2003, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2003 Papunya Tula Masters, The Depot Gallery, Sydney.
2003 Papunya Tula Artists - A Gift from the Desert, Utopia Art, Sydney
2003 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art', National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2003 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba
2003 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
2003 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa
2003 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Cooloola Shire Public Gallery, Cooloola
2003 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
2003 Masterpieces from the Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London
2003 Kintore-Kiwirrkura 2003, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2003 Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2003 Ab Op II, Utopia Art, Sydney
2002 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2002 Saluting Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2002 Pintupi Men's and Women's Stories, Indigenart, Perth
2002 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2002 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Queensland Museum, Brisbane
2002 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
2002 Native Title Business - Contemporary Indigenous Art, Duaringa Shire Art Gallery, Blackwater
2002 Melbourne Art Fair 2002, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2002 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2002 Family, Utopia Art, Sydney
2002 Art Born of the Western Desert, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2002 Aboriginal Art 2002', Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2001 The White Show 2, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Size Doesn't Matter, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs
2001 Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2001 Papunya Tula 30th Anniversary exhibition, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2001 Papunya Tula 2001, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2001 Museum, Utopia Art, Sydney
2001 Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Archeologie de Vienne, France
2001 Kintore-Kiwirrkura, Gallery Gabriele Pizzi, Melbourne
2001 Dreamscapes - Contempoary Desert Art, Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark
2000 Utopia Art, Sydney
2000 Pintupi Men, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2000 Lines, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2000 Indigenart, Perth
2000 Genesis and Genius - Papunya Tula, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2000 Aboriginal Art 2000, Scott Livesey Art Gallery, Armidale
1999 Two Men, Exhibition together with Ray James Tjangala, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1999 Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1998 Culture Store, Art Gallery, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1997 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1996 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1996 C.A.A.A.C.E., Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
1995 Utopia Art, Sydney
1995 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1995 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1994 Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1993 Dreamtime Gallery, Broadbeach
1992 Naidoc Week Exhibition
1990 The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1990 Friendly Country, Friendly People, Touring Exhibition
1990 Friendly Country - Friendly People, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1990 L'Ete Australien a Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France
1989 Myths capes, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne