Mick Namerari Tjapaltjarri

Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri was born at Marnpi, south-east of Walungurru (Kintore) in the Northern Territory’s Western Desert region. He was a Pintupi man and lived his early years out bush where he witnessed the tragic death of his father. From Mount Liebig he moved to Ntaria (Hermannsburg), later settling in Haasts Bluff where he worked as a stockman. He was at Papunya from the early 1970s until the 80s when he returned to Walungurru, from where he established an outstation at Nyunmanu.

Namarari was one of those whose initial involvement at Papunya helped set the standard and quality that typifies Western Desert art.

- Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2014