Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa

Date of Birth:



Yuendumu, NT




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Dinny spent many years working as a stockman across the Northern Territory before arriving at Papunya in the mid 1970‘s. As a senior Walpiri man, he was recognised as a custodian of Rain Making and Water Dreaming ceremonies. He polices sacred ceremonies and paints the bodies of those taking part in ceremonies.

Being the cousin of Clifford Possum and Billy Stockman, and elder brother of Kaapa it was logical for him begin painting with the artists at the centre of the acrylic movement at Papunya. His work is painted with great precision, beautiful colours and intricate designs that reflect the importance of his role as a senior Walpiri man.

The Dreamings that feature in his work are Water, Willy Willy, Pelican, Emu, Bush Turkey, Goanna and Bush Fire.

He is a survivor of the Coniston Massacre. (This was the last officially condoned massacre of Aboriginal people. (About 70 Warlpiri men and women were murdered on Coniston Station in August 1928).

Dinny was married to Alice Napangardi (deceased), they have two daughters, a son and several grandchildren.  

Selected Exhibitions

1977  Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1983  “Recent Australian Paintings: A Survey

1970-1983” 1988  Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, artist-in-residence with Maxie Tjampitjinpa

1989  Westpac Gallery, Melbourne

1989  Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne

1993  Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

1993  The Haven Gallery, Melbourne

2000, 2002 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs Selected


National Gallery of Australia,Canberra  

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne  

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide  

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth  

University of Western Australia anthropology Museum, Perth  

Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs  

Holmes a Court Collection  



1981  Construction of a sand painting with Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi, Sydney