Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

c.1920–2008
Lived and worked in Mt Liebig, NT

Bill's nickname 'Whiskey' is derived from whiskers, referring to his long, white beard.

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri was born in the 1920s at Pirupa Akla, country located near the Olgas and to the west of Uluru. Bill Whiskey, who was a traditional healer and took a job as a cook while living at the Haasts Bluff mission, began painting in 2004. He depicts the rockholes near Pirupa and the story of his own journeys to Areyonga and Haasts Bluff. The bright colours in his painting are said to reflect his character—bold, colourful and strong in spirit.

\ Artworks

Rockhole Olgas AEBWT69-070-227PAG

2007 \ Acrylic on linen \ 151x123cm

Rockholes near Pirupa AEBWT77-08401PA

2008 \ Acrylic on linen \ 184x268cm

POA Sold

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-070014PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-070014PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-070015PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-070017PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-070018PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-07001PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-070021PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-07004PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-07005PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-07006PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on linen \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-070010PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas (NABWT_RNO10-070020PAG)

2007 \ Acrylic on board \ 50 x 25cm

Rockholes near the Olgas

2007 \ Acrylic on linen \ 200 x 494cm

SOLD

Rockholes near the Olgas Panel 2

Acrylic on board (framed)

\ News

NH Event

Director's Picks From the Stockroom

31 July 2019

Some exceptional works that have recently come to the gallery have been selected for special viewing by our Art Director.  Artist include: Ben Quilty, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Jun Chen, Nicholas Blowers and Chen Ping.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

Landscape Obscura

Group Exhibition

21 February — 9 March 2019

Masterpieces from the Western Desert

Group Exhibition

22 February — 10 March 2018

Selected Indigenous Paintings

Group Exhibition

8 December 2015 — 15 January 2016

Transcendence

Group Exhibition

12 February — 20 February 2015

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to find out more about Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
We are currently open online and by appointment only Please contact us to arrange a viewing.