Thomas Tjapaltjarri was born around 1964 in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. Thomas and his family have one of the most extaordinary stories out of all the artists to emerge from Kiwirrkurra. The family - namely, Thomas, Warlimpirrnga, Walala, Yukultji, Yalti and Tjakaria were dubbed "The Last Nomads" or "The Group of Nine" (according to news headlines at the time), led a completely nomadic life until they emerged from the desert.
At age 20, in 1984, Thomas walked out of the desert to Kiwirrkurra with his family, the amazing part is they had no contact with Western society or non-Aboriginals until this point. Even more wondrous, after living traditionally for 20 years, against all odds, he still managed to become one of the most sought after artists in his region displaying his own style and technique of geometric storylines and precise dotting.
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