Artist Profile

S. Tjampitjin

c. 1930 - 2003


Kukatja, Walpiri


Sam was a senior Law man in the Balgo community and his paintings were mainly concerned with the secret and sacred sites of men's ceremonial business. He spent most of his early life around Gulgunpa, near Lake Mackay, and was a senior custodian for large tracts of land in this area. When Sam was still a boy he walked into the Balgo mission when located at Tjumunturra, with his father. Sam recalled tending to the goats and shearing the sheep at the mission. Sam was the brother of Sunfly Tjampitjin.

Collections: AGWA; ArtBank; Holmes a Court Collection; Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, USA; Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle; NGV.