Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri

(Deceased)



Old Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was acknowledged as the most consistently
brilliant of all the painters over the last 30 years.

         


Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri 


Other Spellings: Japaltjarri, Numieri, Namari, Numerari, Namarari
Other Names: Old Mick Namarari

Born:                1926 c.
Died:                1998
Region:              Western Desert
Community Centre:    Kintore Papunya
Country:             Nyunmanu	
Language Bloc:       Western Desert
Language:            Pintupi
Social Affiliations: Tjapaltjarri subsection

Awards/Grants/Commissions:

1991, First Prize, National Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Territory Museum of Arts 
      and Sciences. Darwin
1994, Red Ochre Award, for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist
1994, Alice Prize, joint first prize, 25th Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

Collections:
Artbank, Sydney. NSW.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.
           
Exhibitions:
1991, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1992, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
                                    
Group Exhibitions:
1981, Anvil Art Gallery, Albury
1981-82, Aboriginal Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art
      Gallery of Western Australia, Australian Museum, Queensland Art Gallery
1983, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1983, Roar Studios, Melbourne
1984, Papunya and Beyond, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1985, Dot and Circle, a retrospective survey of the Aboriginal acrylic paintings of 
      Central Australia, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
1986, Roar Studios, Melbourne
1987, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1987, Circle Path Meander, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1988, Dreamings, the art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, New York.
1988, The Inspired Dream, Life as art in Aboriginal Australia,Museum 
      and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and touring internationally
1988, Foundation: The First Decade of Collecting, National Gallery of Victoria
1989, Papunya Tula: Contemporary Paintings from Australia's
      Western Desert, John Weber Gallery, New York, USA.
1989, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art,Westpac Gallery, 
      Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney [through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art] 
1989, Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City.
1989, Mythscapes, Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria
1990, National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome
1990, Paintings from the Desert, Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, Plimsoll 
      Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart, Tasmania
1990, l'ete Australien a' Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France.
1991, Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1991, Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert, Union of Soviet Artists
      Gallery, Moscow and Museum of Ethnographic Art, St. Petersburg, Russia.
1991, The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition,Museum and Art Gallery 
      of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991, Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, High Court, Canberra
1991, Alice to Penzance, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
1991, Canvas and Bark, South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
1992, Crossroads-Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia, National 
      Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo
1993, Mick Namarari: New Works, and Maxie Tjampitjinpa: Works on Paper, 
      Utopia Arts Sydney, Stanmore
1993, Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), 
      Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
1993, Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1993/4, ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 
      Dusseldorf; Hayward Gallery, London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
1994, Australian Heritage Commission National Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
      Islander Art Award Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Canberra.
           
Select Bibliography:
Bardon, G., 1979, Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert, Rigby, Adelaide. (C) 

Bardon, G., 1991, Papunya Tula Art of the Western Desert, McPhee Gribble, 
Ringwood, Victoria. (C) 

Caruana, W., 1993, Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, London.(C) 

Cooper, C., Morphy, H., Mulvaney, D.J. and Petersen, N., 1981,
Aboriginal Australia, Australian Gallery Directors Council, Sydney.(C) 

Crocker, A. (ed.), 1981, Mr Sandman Bring Me a Dream, Papunya Tula Artists 
Pty Ltd, Alice Springs and Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Sydney. (C) 

Crossman, S. and Barou, J-P. (eds), 1990, L'ete Australien a Montpellier: 100 Chefs 
d'Oevre de la Peinture Australienne, Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France. (C) 

Crumlin, R., (ed.), 1991, Aboriginal Art and Spirituality, Collins Dove, 
North Blackburn, Victoria. (C) 

Diggins, L. (ed.), 1989, A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, 
exhib. cat., Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Victoria. 

Isaacs, J., 1984, Australia's Living Heritage, Arts of the Dreaming, Lansdowne Press, Sydney. (C) 

Isaacs, J., 1989, Australian Aboriginal Paintings, Weldon Publishing, New South Wales. 

Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, 
East Roseville, New South Wales. (C) 

Marshall-Stoneking, B., 1986-87, 'From the centre to the edge,' Xpress 1(6), 28-29. (C) 

1993, Aratjara, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary 
Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. cat. 
(conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee), 
Dumont, Buchverlag, Koln. (C) 

McCulloch, A., & McCulloch, S., 1994, The Encyclopedia of Australian Art, 
Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, St Leonards, New South Wales. 

Ryan, J., 1989, Mythscapes Aboriginal Art of the Desert from the National 
Gallery of Victoria, exhib. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. (C) 

Maughan, J., and Zimmer, J., (eds), 1986, Dot and Circle, a Retrospective 
Survey of the Aboriginal Acrylic Paintings of Central Australia, exhib. cat., 
Communication Services Unit, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne. (C) 

Stanton, J.E., 1988, Innovative Aboriginal Art of Western Australia, Occasional 
Paper 1, The University of Western Australia Anthropology Research Museum, 
Nedlands, Western Australia. (C)

Sutton, P. (ed.), 1988, Dreamings: the Art of Aboriginal Australia,
Viking, Ringwood, Victoria. (C) 

Schulz, D., 1994, Lines from the Dreamtime, The Australian Way,
Qantas in flight magazine, May 1994 

West, M.K.C., (ed.), 1988, The Inspired Dream, Life as art in Aboriginal 
Australia, exhib. cat., Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. 

1990, Papunya Tula, exhib. cat., Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne. (C) 

1993, Tjukurrpa Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia 
(1971-1993), exhib. cat., Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. (C)


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Considered as one of the grand masters of the art movement