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Graham Tjupurulla

Graham Tjupurrula, or Gordon Graham, was born in 1975. He is the grandson of the famous artist Helicopter Tjungurrayi (1946) and sister of the great talent Ward Lorna Napanangka (1961). Graham is a member of the Pintupi language group (Western Desert) and his work is influenced by the old Pintupi artists, who, with a limited color palette, painted the traditional stories of their ancestors. Graham also often uses only two colors. The subjects in his paintings relate to the so-called Tingari Cycle, the stories of the ancestors of the Pintupi. The work of Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri, whom Graham calls "uncle", has heavily influenced Graham's painting style. According to Graham he was impressed when he first saw Warlimpirrnga painting and this motivated him to pick up the brush. In 2003, one of Graham's paintings was used as a motif for an international Australian stamp.


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Born in Kiwirkurra, Western Australia on November 30th, 1974


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