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Born west of Mt. Allan near the present site of Yuendumu, Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa worked as a stockman on many cattle stations in the Northern Territory. In the 1970’s he settled in Papunya. He is a senior Lawman and a recognised leader for Rainmaking and Water Dreaming ceremonies.
Dinny Nolan’s art is characterised by his predominant use of natural ochre colours, and the designs he utilises are the same he paints on the bodies of men taking part in ceremonies. One of Dinny Nolan’s designs was used for a stained glass window in the National Gallery of Victoria.
The screenprint represents a Willi Willi dreaming with sacred walking routes and waterways in the North Coast region of New South Wales. Another edition of this print is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. Dinny NOLAN TJAMPITJINPA (1944 - )'Willi Willi' 1987screenprint on paperEdition of 80Image Size: 70 x 51 cm Dimensions: 76 x 56 cm Signed: Signed, titled and numbered in pencil in margin below image: 34/80 WILLI WILLI DINNY
An impression of this work is represented at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, accession no.: 1988/0032An impression of this work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, accession no.: 88.784
© Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa / Aboriginal Artists Agency 2023
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