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Pintupi language group

Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula.
Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. Flinders University Art Museum Collection. Photo: Penny Tweedie

about 1943–2001

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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