Artist Profile

Tjumpo Tjapanangka

c. 1929 - 2007


Kukatja, Pintubi


Tjumpo was a senior and highly regarded Law man and also a Maparn (traditional healer). He spent his formative years in the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts. His country was around Wilkinkarra (Lake McKay) and he was a senior custodian for this country, its Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) stories and ceremonies.

Tjumpo came to the mission at Tjumunturr in 1948 as a result of the local priest, Father Alphonse, sending people out into the bush with supplies of flour, sugar and tea to attract Aboriginal people to the mission.

Tjumpo and his wife Ningie Nanala had five children. As a young man, he was involved in painting the banners for Father Peile's Jubilee in 1981 and in the Art from the Great Sandy Desert exhibition (AGWA 1986).

Collections: AAM, Utrecht; AGNSW; AGSA; AGWA; Gantner Myer Collection; Holmes a Court Collection; Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, USA; Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle; NGA; NGV; Seattle Art Museum.