Pintupi language group
Tjupurrula was born just east of Haasts Bluff, where his family was camping, after coming in from their traditional country around the Kintore Range. He worked as a stockman at Haasts Bluff cattle station and later as a labourer at Papunya, building houses for the new settlement.
One of the youngest of the original Papunya Tula shareholders, his name first appears in the company's books as a painter in 1973. In 1979 Tjupurrula and fellow artist David Corby Tjapaltjarri were artists-in-residence at Flinders University, Adelaide.
He was Papunya Tula Artists' longest-serving chairman (1985–95).
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