Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri
Language group: Pintupi
Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri is the son of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and Ningura Napurrula. His uncle, who is in essence his second father, is world-renowned artist Willy Tjungurrayi. His family first came to Papunya with the Welfare Branch Patrol in July 1962. They went for treatment to Papunya Hospital, after six-year-old Morris fell into a fire the previous night.
After he had healed, his family, along with a large group of Pintupi people, walked the hundreds of kilometres back to Papunya the following year where they settled. Together with his wife Helen, Morris eventually moved to Kintore, where they reside to this day.
Morris learned and inherited custodianship of Dreaming stories from his father, primarily the Tingari Dreaming Cycle. Morris began painting in 1998, immediately after his father’s death, due to the vivid dreams he had about his new custodial responsibilities. These dreams inspired Morris to apply what he had learned while watching his father paint over the years. Morris paints in a powerful style reminiscent of the early masters who were the first wave of Pintupi artists to come out of Papunya in 1971, including his father Yala Yala.