Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri (born late 1950s, Australia) and members of his family—including younger sister Yukultji Napangati, also an artist—lived a seminomadic life in the Gibson and Great Sandy Desert regions with little or no outside contact until 1984. His paintings—which have become leading international exponents of contemporary painting from Australia—depict undulating landscapes appearing to oscillate and move with visual energy. The artist generates this effect by painting patterned backgrounds on which he meticulously adds tight, meandering lines composed of thousands of dots. These lines and switchbacks correspond to mythical stories of the Pintupi people and the formation of the desert in which they live, operating more as mnemonic devises than representations of narrative or visual memory.