Walala Tjapaltjarri [c1962-]

In 1984, Walala, along with his two brothers, Thomas and Warlimpirrnga, was one of nine people who walked out of the Western Desert and into ‘civilsation’. It was the first time that they had ever come into contact with non-aboriginal people. They only emerged from the desert to find wives for the brothers as women had become outnumbered in the tribe. Soon after, Walala and his brothers began interpreting their colourful traditions and customs onto canvas. Since then, his powerful works have continued to gain well-deserved international recognition with serious collectors.