Country:Papunya, Walungurra (Kintore)-NT
Born at Patjantja, south-west of Lake Mackay, c 1930, Willie was raised by his uncle Charlie Tarawa Tjungurrayi, who was one of the founding leaders of the Western Desert Art movement. Willie moved to Haasts Bluff in 1956 and eventually on to Papunya, where he began painting for Papunya Tula in 1976. He is now recognised as a leading Pintupi painter.
His paintings depict the Tingari Cycle – ancient stories of the Tingari people who travelled the land in mythological times, and he also paints the Pintupi lands around Haast’s Bluff.Willie is the younger brother of the late Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (now deceased) and now lives at Kintore.