Charlie Egali Tjapaltjarri "Mythologies"
Size: 121 x 106 Code: CE841112 Year: 1985
Warlpiri/Luritja artist who commenced painting in Papunya as early as 1972. His 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. Charlie himself dated his painting from Peter Fannin’s time running Papunya Tula Artists (1972-5). Billy Stockman, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa and Johnny Warangkula guided him in the beginning. His paintings depict Woman, Sugar Ant, Budgerigar, Wallaby, Bushfire, and Man Dreamings at sites across this region.
An artist specializing in the Aboriginal Art tradition, Charlie Egalie Tjapaltjarri creates visually reverberating canvases depicting Bushfire folklore and dreamscapes using the language of colour and graphic motifs rooted in a rich tribal heritage. A vocabulary of vibrant tones and sacred tribal symbology composed with striking visual rhythm inscribes narratives of spiritual elevation set in the desert sandhills and spinifex country; waterholes and the notion of tracks and journeys feature greatly in his work. He has exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; his prolific oeuvre is housed in various public and private 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.