Fires on a sandridge at Marnpi

Mick Namarari TJAPALTJARRI: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Mick Namarari Tjapaltiarri was born in sandhill country at Marnpi (Bronzewing Pigeon) rockhole, south-west of Mount Rennie Bore in the Northern Territory. After the tragic death of his father and mother, he was cared for by other family members, whom Norman Tindale records meeting in 1932, when Mick Namarari was a 'little child', at Putarti Spring, south-west of Mount Leibig. Subsequently, he attended Hermannsburg Mission until he was eleven years old. He worked in the cattle industry, and became a founding member of Papunya Tula Artists when he was already serving as a member of the Papunya Council. He travelled to Sydney for the production of Geoffrey Bardon's 'Mick and the Moon' (1978), a documentary about the artist and his work. Tjapaltjarri later moved to Walungurru and then set up an outstation at Nyunmanu, located to its south-east towards Marnpi. His paintings since the 1970s have expanded upon the key formal elements found in his earliest works to develop the aesthetic potential of his many and diverse subjects. He was the first recipient of the Australia Council's emeritus award for Indigenous artists, the Red Ochre Award, in 1994. 1.

1.Perkins, Hetti & Fink, Hannah 'Genesis and Genius: Papunya Tula' (Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000) p. 296.
Fires on a sandridge at Marnpi
Artist/Maker and role
Mick Namarari TJAPALTJARRI: artist
synthetic polymer paint on particle board
43.2 x 57.5cm
Credit line
Purchased through The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 1995
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the paintings in our collection.