Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

  • Skin Name:Tjupurrula
  • Language:Luritja & Warlpiri
  • Region:Papunya, Central Australia
  • Dreaming:Water, Bungalung Man, Bush Tucker, Water, Yam, Fire, Egret, Mala, Tjikari, Goanna & Kangaroo Men

Artist has Passed Away

1925 - 2001

Out of respect for Aboriginal culture Central Art has removed the artist's photograph.


  • Birnberg, M. & Kreczmanski, J.B. (2004) Aboriginal Artists Dictionary of Biographies: Central Desert, Western Desert & Kimberley Region. J.B. Publishing Australia. Marleston, South Australia.
  • Johnson, V. (1994) Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert: A Biographical Dictionary. Craftsman House. Roseville East, New South Wales.


  • National Gallery of Australia.
  • National Museum of Australia.
  • National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Museum of Victoria.
  • South Australian Museum.
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia.
  • Art Gallery of South Australia.
  • Art Gallery of Queensland.
  • Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.
  • The Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Aboriginal Galleries of Australia.
  • Araluen Arts Centre.
  • Artbank.
  • Flinders University Art Museum.
  • Holmes a Court Collection.
  • Queensland Art Gallery.
  • National Gallery of Victoria.
  • Orange Regional Gallery.
  • Alice Springs Law Courts.
  • Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.
  • The Kelton Foundation.


  • 2012, “Origins of Western Desert Art: Tjukurrtjanu”, National Gallery of Victoria & Musee de quai Branly, Paris.
  • 2011, “Origins of Western Desert Art: Tjukurrtjanu”, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • 2003, Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2001, “Icons of Australian Aboriginal Art”, Singapore.
  • 1999, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, USA.
  • 1999, “Tjinytilpa”, Embassy of Australia, Washington, USA.
  • 1999, Flinders Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide.
  • 1994, “Dreamings – Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert” The Donald Kahn Collection, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich.
  • 1993, “ARATJARA – Art of the First Australians” (touring), London, Denmark.
  • 1993, “Tjukurrpa - Desert Dreamings: Aboriginal Art from Central Australia”, National Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
  • 1993, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.
  • 1993, Art Museum Armidale, Armidale.
  • 1993, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1993, Hayward Gallery, London, UK.
  • 1993, “Ten years of Acquisitions from ANU Collection”, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra.
  • 1992, “Crossroads – Towards a New Reality: Aboriginal Art from Australia”, National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto & Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1991, “Friendly Country, Friendly People” (touring exhibition), Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1991, “Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn”, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, USA.
  • 1991, “Alice to Penzance”, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London.
  • 1991, “The Painted Dream: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings from the Tim and Vivien Johnson Collection”, Auckland City Art Gallery & Te Whare Taonga o Aotearoa National Art Gallery, New Zealand.
  • 1991, “Canvas and Bark”, South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
  • 1991, “Flash Pictures”, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
  • 1991, “Aboriginal Art and Spirituality”, High Court, Canberra.
  • 1990, “I’ete Australien a’Montpellier”, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France.
  • 1989, “Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert”, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • 1989, “Papunya Tula: Contemporary Paintings from Australia’s Western Desert”, John Weber Gallery, New York, USA.
  • 1989, “Aboriginal Art: The Continuing Tradition”, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
  • 1989, “A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art”, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 1988, “The Inspired Dreaming, Life as Art in Aboriginal Australia”, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (touring internationally), Darwin.
  • 1988, “Dreamings, The Art of Aboriginal Australia”, The Asia Society Galleries, New York, USA.
  • 1988, “John Weber Gallery”, New York City, USA.
  • 1988, “Foundation: The First Decade of Collecting”, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • 1988, “Papunya Tula Paintings”, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga.
  • 1987, “Circle Path Meander”, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • 1985, “The Face of the Centre: Papunya Tula Paintings 1971 – 1984”, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
  • 1984, “Papunya and Beyond”, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
  • 1984, “Koori Art ‘84”, Art Space, Sydney.
  • 1982, London, England.
  • 1982, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane.
  • 1982, Georges Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 1981, “Aboriginal Australia”, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Australian Museum, Queensland Art Gallery.
  • 1980, “Contemporary Australian Aborigine Paintings”, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA.
  • 1980, “Australian Galleries Director’s Council International Exhibition of Aboriginal Art” (touring 1985)
  • 1980, Papunya Tula, Macquarie University Library, Sydney.
  • 1977, Nigerian Festival Exhibition, Lagos, Africa.
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