Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula was born circa 1930 near Tjungimanta to the north-east of Kiwirrikurra. Johnny came out of the desert in 1957 & met Donald Thompson, north of Lake McKay, and as a result featured in the book ‘Bindibu Country’. Johnny moved to Haasts Bluff then Papunya Tula in late 1959, when it was established. He commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1997, and now lives at Kiwirrkura.
He is one of Papunya Tula’s major artists. His brother was Donkeyman Lee Tjupurrula (Deceased) who was a well respected artist in the Balgo Hills community. He predominantly paints with browns, reds, oranges and creams, using fine lines and dotting, forming concentric circles, each representing various sites and formations. The lines connecting these concentric circles represent the paths or traveling lines between locations.
He is married to world renowned artist Walangkura Napanangka and has three highly talented daughters, Lorraine Nakamarra Yungut , Debra Nakamarra Young and Katherine Nakamarra Marshall
His works are in Major Galleries around Australia and they are sought after by collectors Worldwide
1998 “Sztuka Aborygenow”- (Art of the Aborigines), Warsaw, Poland;
2000 – 2002 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs;
2000 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne;
2000 “Papunya Tula Genesis & Genius”, Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney; 2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs.