Walala Tjapaltjarri

Date of Birth:



Kintore, NT




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Walala was born in the Gibson desert in the early 1960‘s, and did not encounter Europeans and their ways until he was 21.

He was a part of a small party that included his brothers and sisters whose arrival in Kiwirrkurra in 1984 made international headlines that proclaimed the discovery of the "Lost Tribe." His paintings tell the stories of Tingari Cycle.

The nature of the imagery he uses in this work is both unique and breathtaking simplistic, highlighting his profound and intimate knowledge of his lands. Walala‘s importance is unquestionable. His geometric imagery, and bold use of contrasting colours makes Walala‘s work stand out, and instantly recognisable. Coupled with his amazing personal history, as one of "the Last Nomads", Walala is a very interesting man.