Charlie Egali Tjapaltjarri "Mythologies" 121 x 106 cms Year: 1985


This is a very early traditional work from the Aboriginal contemporary art movement. A Warlpiri/Luritja artist who commenced painting in Papunya as early as 1972, Charlie's work is included in many major art collections including the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Born at Pikilyi (Vaughan Springs) c.1940. He received some basic European schooling at the mission school in Yuendumu, and was initiated near Haasts Bluff. He worked as a stockman for seven years on the station at Haasts Bluff and later in Queensland. After marrying Nora Nakamarra, he worked on Narwietooma station for many years. Charlie and his wife came to Papunya in the very early days of the settlement. Charlie Egalie lived with his family at Mt Liebig, where his mother and father were settled closer to their country around Kunatjarrayi. Collections: National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; South Australian Museum, Adelaide; Holmes a’ Court Collection, Perth; and University of Western Australia Anthropology Museum, Perth.

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