• Artwork:Tingari
  • Artist:Thomas Tjapaltjarri
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The cover of this blank notebook depicts an reproduction image of an artwork titled Tingari by Thomas Tjapaltjarri. The artwork refers to the journey of the Tingari ancestors from the Dreamtime, as they travelled over vast tracts of land, creating and shaping certain sites in the Western Desert. They also performed rituals, instilled law and customs to the Pintupi people. The events of the Tingari ancestors are enshrined in many song and dance cycles.

  • Artist:Thomas Tjapaltjarri
  • Title:Tingari
  • ID:AB007
  • Medium:Hard cover A5 approx 112 blank pages
  • Size:16 x 22 cm
  • Region:Kiwirrkurra, Western Desert


Thomas Tjapaltjarri was born c. 1964 in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. In 1984 he was one of a group of nine that made national headlines. Dubbed "the Last Nomads" the group caused a sensation when thy walked out of the desert and made contact with the "modern" world for the first time.

Leading a completely traditional existence before this time they were finally forced out of the desert to seek eligible wives for Thomas and his brothers Warlimpirrnga and Walala. Three years later Thomas commenced painting for Papunya Tula artists after encouragement from Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri.

Of the original group who emerged from the desert in 1984 the nomadic streak remains strongest perhaps in Thomas. Now an established and gifted artist Thomas paints in a style similar to that of his brothers.

The stories or "dreamings" of the Tingari Cycle are an important body of myth concerning the early journey paths of Tingari Ancestors throughout the "Tjukurrpa" or Dreamtime. It is these stories which Thomas conveys through his skilful brushwork across the canvas.

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