Walala Tingari Cycle painting depict stories from the Pintupi dreaming. They primarily concern places and events in the Tingari cycle (a cycle of myths about the ancestors of the Pintupi). His designs are inspired by those painted on the body during ceremonies.
He was born in the desert of Western Australia in the 1960s. He and his family lived a traditional way of life on the near Lake Mackay. They had never come into contact with European society. Walala and his brothers Warlimpirrnga and Thomas have become well known as the Tjapaltjarri Brothers. Walala Tjapaltjarri began painting in December 1987, a few years after settling at Kiwirrkurra. His cousin Warlimpirrnga had already made a name for himself as an artist and he encouraged him to paint too. Thomas and Walala joined the Papunya Tula artists, and they and Warlimpirrnga eventually gained fame internationally.
Utopia is an Aboriginal freehold property formed in November 1978, approximately 250 km north east of Alice Springs. A former cattle station, it was sold back to the government in 1975 and handed back to the traditional owners – the Anmatyerre and Alyawarre people. It covers an area of 3,500 square kilometres, transected by the Sandover River, and lies on a traditional boundary of the Alyawarra and Anmatyarre people, the two language groups which predominate there today.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- Melbourne Museum
- Flinders University, Adelaide
- NSW Art Gallery, Sydney
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- El Paso Energy International Company, Houston, USA
- Kaplan & Levi Collection, Seattle, USA