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Pintupi language group

Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula.
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula. Photo: Professor JVS Megaw

about 1918–2001

Born in the bush north-west of Ilpili, in the Ehrenberg Range, Tjupurrula came to Hermannsburg Mission with his family in the 1930s, where he worked as a labourer.

He later moved to Papunya and joined the painting group where he rapidly developed his distinctive 'painterly' style of over-dotting. An energetic and expressive man and painter, Tjupurrula loved to regale audiences in Pintupi with the stories of his paintings.

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