Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa [c1922-]
Named as one of Australia's top 50 collectable artists by Australian Art Collector magazine, Dinny was born in the early 1920s near the present site of Yuendumu. In the 1970s he settled in Papunya, where he became a senior Lawman and a recognised leader for Rainmaking and Water Dreaming ceremonies. Under the guidance of Geoffery Bardon, a group of artists began producing paintings in Papunya and Dinny Nolan was a pioneer of this movement. His older brother, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, and his two cousins, Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, were also members of this group. Even though he now paints in acrylics, Dinny Nolan's art is characterised by his predominant use of natural ochre colours, and the designs he utilises are the same he paints on the bodies of men taking part in ceremonies. Dinny has exhibited in many galleries, museums and collections throughout the world. One of Dinny’s striking designs has even been incorporated in a stained glass window at the National Gallery of Victoria.