Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Language Group: Pitjantjatjara
Active: Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri is a Pitjantjatjara elder, born in 1920 at an outstation called Pirupa Alka some 130km away from the rock formation more commonly known as The Olgas. Bill Whiskey Tjpaltjarri was one of the last central and western desert painters to embrace the desert painting movement.

After Whiskey’s family moved to Ayers rock. Whiskey later returned to his tribal land with his family after their first conflict with white people. During the 1980’s Whiskey later moved to the outstation Mt Leibig where he and his wife, Colleen Nampitjinpa became highly respected and renowned skilled healers ‘Ngangkari’.

Whiskey’s shimming constellations depict his stories of his country and the story of the mythic battle related to cockatoo dreaming, his paintings are said to reflect his traditional spirit as a healer and keeper of sacred knowledge.

Rockholes near the Olgs, 2008