Walala Tingari Dreaming painting depict stories from the Pintupi dreaming. They primarily concern places and events in the Tingari cycle (a cycle of myths about the ancestors of the Pintupi). His designs are inspired by those painted on the body during ceremonies.
His paintings depict scenes from the Tingari cycle – sacred and secret songs about the ancestors of the Pintupi. He uses only four colours at most, sticking to earthy, ochre colours to reflect the desert landscape. The places he depicts in his paintings are part of his traditional country of Lake Mackay. These were places where the ancestors stopped for ceremonies when travelling across the country.
He was born in the desert of Western Australia in the 1960s. He and his family lived a traditional way of life on the near Lake Mackay. They had never come into contact with European society. Walala and his brothers Warlimpirrnga and Thomas have become well known as the Tjapaltjarri Brothers. Walala Tjapaltjarri began painting in December 1987, a few years after settling at Kiwirrkurra. His cousin Warlimpirrnga had already made a name for himself as an artist and he encouraged him to paint too. Thomas and Walala joined the Papunya Tula artists, and they and Warlimpirrnga eventually gained fame internationally.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- Melbourne Museum
- Flinders University, Adelaide
- NSW Art Gallery, Sydney
- AMP Investments
- El Paso Energy International Company, Houston, USA
- Kaplan & Levi Collection, Seattle, USA