Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

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

Rockholes near Pirupa AEBWT77-08401PA

2008 \ Acrylic on linen \ 184x268cm

POA Sold

Rockholes near the Olgas AEBWT77-08390PAG

2008 \ Acrylic on linen \ 184x275cm

Rockholes near the Olgas Panel 2

Acrylic on board (framed)


\ 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


Group Exhibition

12 February — 20 February 2015

Contact Us

to find out more about Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday Christmas dates: Please note the gallery will be closed from 4pm on Saturday 22 December. We reopen at 9am on Wednesday, 9 January 2019.