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Papunya Tula Artist Talk

Join Papunya Tula artists Rambo Tjungurrayi and John West Tjupurrula in conversation with Sophie Gerhard, NGV Curator of Australian and First Nations Art, from 6-8pm on Thursday 27 June at Agency’s gallery on Easey Street in Collingwood.

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About the Artists

John West Tjupurrula was born on in the bush in Kintore on the 14th August 1982. He is the son of Freddy West Tjakamarra and Payu Napaltjarri, and the half-brother of Bobby West Tjupurrula, all highly regarded Papunya Tula artists. Freddy West was one of the founding artists of the Western Desert movement, and a driving force behind the establishment of the Kintore and Kiwirrkura communities during the homelands movement of the 1980s. John is an emerging artist showing incredible promise. He lives and works with his family in Kiwirrkura, regularly painting the sites Winpulpula and Palipalintja, associated with the closely-guarded Tingari Song-Cycle. John also works at the Kiwirrkura school teaching two-way science, and as a ranger working in land management. 

Rambo (Sylvester) Tjungurrayi is the son of Papunya Tula artist Raymond Tjapaltjarri and the grandson of the renowned late Papunya Tula artist Patrick Tjungurrayi and Miriam Napanangka. He lives in Kiwirrkura but along with his family, often travels to visit relatives in Balgo and Mpartnwe (Alice Springs). One of Papunya Tula Artists’ brightest new stars, Rambo Tjungurrayi draws on the work of his father and grandfather, magnifying elements to create startlingly contemporary, vibrant, and unapologetically kitsch compositions, interweaving ancient tradition and modern Pintupi life.


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