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Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri

Marnpi Rockhole - 1995

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
102.0 x 152.0 cm
Price Realised: $2,200.00

MP #335


Warumpi Arts, NT Cat No. MN5/95
Kimberley Art, Melbourne Cat No. KA00367


Accompanied by Kimberley Australian Aboriginal Art certificate


Cf. for stylisically similar works see The Master of Marnpi - Mick namarari Tjapaltjarri, Alec B O'Halloran, LifeDesign,Sydney 2018, The Marnpi Motif pp 184-185

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was born during the 1920s at Marnpi, an isolated desert rockhole in Pintupi country in the south western corner of the Northern Territory. He was a trusted keeper of the stories and the sites culturally affiliated with that special place.


During a career that spanned almost three decades he became a towering presence whose variety of subjects and diversity of stylistic approaches kept him at the forefront of Western Desert painting. Geoff Bardon noted his ability as a painter from the earliest days of the movement. Much later, he was to play a quiet but decisive role in instigating the Papunya Tula art movement’s increasing ethereal minimalism of the late 1980s and 1990s. In doing so he significantly fueled the international reputation of Australian Aboriginal art, thereby earning himself an incomparable place in Australian art history.