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Maxie Tjampitjinpa

Maxie Tjampitjinpa started producing some of the first works in the Western Desert art devoid of the design elements which up to that point had been its defining feature.

DOB: c1945-1997

Place of Birth: Haasts Bluff, NT

Language: Warlpiri


Born circa 1945,  Maxie Tjampitjinpa was in his early thirties when he took up painting for Papunya Tula in 1980 under the expert instruction of Mick Wallankarri Tjakamarra, who was one of the founders and most senior artists of the movement. 

In 1984, he won the Northern Territory Art Award. After moving to Alice Springs in the mid 80s, during which time he also painted for the Centre for Aboriginal Artists and Craftsmen, Maxie Tjampitjinpa started producing some of the first works in the Western Desert art devoid of the design elements which up to that point had been its defining feature. (Source: Vivien Johnson, 2008)

Maxie Tjampitjinpa developed a ‘flicked’ style of painting that he made his own.

 In 1988, Maxie was artist in residence at Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery and during his career his work was exhibited in four solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as countless group shows. Maxie’s work is represented in many collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria and Auckland Art Gallery.


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