EXHIBITION | Aboriginal Art Exhibition Warlimpirrnga, Walala & Thomas Tjapaltjarri

Published on 30 Sep 2019 1:58:42 PM

Walala Tjapaltjarri paintingThis October marks the 35th anniversary of the last group of Aboriginal people to come out of the deserts of Central Australia and make contact with non Aboriginal Australia. The group, becoming known as the Pintubi Nine, were the last group of Aboriginal Australians living a completely traditional existence.

The exhibition Tjapaltjarri Marnkurrpa showcases the works of three of the men from the Pintubi Nine - Warlimpirrnga, Walala and Thomas Tjapaltjarri.

Pintubi nine from Central Australia

On Saturday October 13th 1984 a small family group who had been living a semi nomadic hunter gather life, completely oblivious of the western world, came upon others of their language group who had travelled from the Aboriginal community of Kiwirrkurra. They were the last of a culture living as their ancestors had for millennia.

 Thomas Tjapaltjarri art

Thomas Tjapaltjarri 'Tingari' MK17220, 90 x 120cm acrylic on linen

Erroneously reported as the ‘lost tribe’, they were anything but. Disconnected from their people who had been forcibly removed their homelands over 20 years before, this small family group lived in one of the remotest and harshest parts of Australia.

In the 35 years since that day most of the group have received high recognition as artists. Painting traditional stories and depictions of country they have established themselves as some of Australia’s leading Aboriginal artists.

Participating in exhibitions around the world for almost 20 years, it has only been in the past 5 years that critical acclaim has come.

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri art

 Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri 'Tingari (Men's Story) MK16665 90 x 120cm acrylic on linen

“Major exhibitions in New York at both Gagosian Gallery and Salon 94 have created unprecedented exposure for these artists and Aboriginal Art across the board”, says Director Mike Mitchell. “The recognition long overdue for these key contributors to contemporary Aboriginal art is finally happening”.

This exhibition marks 35 years since contact and over 3 decades of artistic endeavour. Showcasing artworks collected over 2 decades and showing the immense talent of the three Tjapaltjarri men.  


The exhibition is showing from 16th October until 9th November. All events are free

Mitchell Fine Art is located at 86 Arthur St in Fortitude Valley. The gallery is open 6 days a week and provides free onsite parking.

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Tjapaltjarri Marnkurrpa’ paintings from the Pintubi Nine - Warlimpirrnga, Walala and Thomas Tjapaltjarri.

Mitchell Fine Art presents a two week pop up exhibition by George Gittoes from October 1st.

A selection of Aboriginal and Contemporary artworks available in the gallery stockroom