Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra

(Australia 1932 – )

Papunya, Central Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region, Warlpiri, Central Desert region, Luritja, Central Desert region

Wallaby Camps

Not on display
Further information

Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra spent his early years in the country surrounding Mt Farwell before moving to Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) with his family at a teenager. He arrived in Papunya, via Mt Doreen in 1962. Here he worked as a groundsman and gardener, alongside Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri. Both men offered their help in painting the smaller murals around the Papunya Special School, before the painting of the 'Honey Ant mural', with which they assisted. With the support of Geoffrey Bardon they then began painting at the back of his classroom, behind a barricade of desks, contributing a number of works to the very first consignments from Papunya.

Place of origin
Central and Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Luritja/Warlpiri, Papunya/Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Central Desert region
circa 1978
synthetic polymer paint on wood
15.0 x 94.0 cm
Donated by Katherine and Christopher Goodnow through the Cultural Gifts Program, in memory of Professor Jacqueline Goodnow AC 2015
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