Charlie Tjapangati Indigenous Australian, b. c.1949-


Charlie Tjapangati started painting in 1977 for the Papunya Tula Artists and was greatly influenced by the older men painting for this collection of artists, while he was living in West Camp, Papunya. He typically created artworks that told stories about the Tingari cycle, including a massive artwork now in the collection of the National Museum of Australia. This particular artwork was also shown in the show ‘Australian Perspecta 81’, at The Art Gallery of NSW, which became one of the first acts of acknowledgement of Papunya Tula paintings by the Australian contemporary art world.


In 2000, Charlie travelled to Sydney with a group of four men from Kiwirrkurra to commence painting a ground painting at the Art Gallery of NSW for the opening of a show called Papunya Tula: Genesis & Genius. He has shown his work in many group exhibitions and held two solo exhibitions since his career began and his works are part of major collections in Australia and the USA.



1980, Contemporary Australian Aborigine Paintings, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, USA;

1981, Australian Perspecta, A Biennial Survey of Contemporary Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney ;

1982, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane; 1982, Georges Exhibition, Melbourne;

1983, Mori Gallery, Sydney; 1989, Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery, Hobart.;

1990, Paintings from the Desert, Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart, Tasmania;

1992, Crossroads-Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia, National Museums of Modern Art, Kyoto and Tokyo

2004, 21st Telstra National Aborigainal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

2005, Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; Papunya Tula Artists – new work for a new space, Utopia Art Sydney; Rising Stars Papunya, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.

2006, Papunya Tula Artists – across the board, Utopia Arts Sydney, Sydney; Rising Stars 2006, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.



Art bank, Sydney

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.

National gallery of Australia

Museums & Art galleries of the Northern Territory

Victoria Art Centre

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.

Aboriginal Art Museum, Netherlands

University of Virginia USA

Kelton Foundation Collection