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Pintupi/Luritja language groups

Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa.
Ray Inkamala Tjampitjinpa. Flinders University Art Museum Collection. Photo: Professor JVS Megaw

about 1920–89

Born at Ilpili in the Ehrenberg Range, Tjampitjinpa grew up in the bush. His first contact with white people was seeing planes overhead as a small boy. His parents died of hunger and thirst in the desert and he was adopted into an extended family, who went to Hermannsburg in the 1930s.

Tjampitjinpa worked as a stockman before moving to Papunya and later to several of its outstations including Kungayunti. Tjampitjinpa painted intermittently from early 1976, having become involved in the painting movement through his half-brother Walter Tjampitjinpa, who was one of the founders of Papunya Tula Artists.

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