The square patterns in this painting refer to different stories from the traditional Tingari story cycle. Walala depicts the holy places from the Dream Time (Aboriginal time of creation). These holy places are spread over the countryside west of Lake Makaay, including Mina Mina salt lake. This work can be counted among his most impressive, using a limited palette of blacks and whites with yellow (ochres). Characterized by a combination of traditional patterns and a high degree of refined abstraction.
In 1984 the international headlines were filled with the ’discovery’ of the last group of nine Australian Aborigines who had managed to retain their traditional lifestyle in complete isolation until the late 20th century. Until they looked for contact in 1984, they had never seen a white man. Six of these nine Aboriginals became artists, including Walala Tjapaltjarri. Walala was born ar . . .