Purkitji ( Sturt Creek )
Gift of Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation 2015. Newcastle Art Gallery collection
Boxer Milner Tjampitjin (c1934-2009) was a senior lawman and custodian for the Dreaming stories and songs of his country. The artist lived and worked in Billiluna and began painting for Warlayirti Artists in 1989 when his work was first exhibited in Balgo group exhibitions.
His first solo exhibition was held at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne in 2000. His work was included in Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, National Gallery of Victoria, 1993 and Colour Power: Aboriginal Art Post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, 2004–05. He died at the Fragile Aged Home in Halls Creek on 23 June 2009.
The addition of this work to the Newcastle Art Gallery collection enhances the diversity of the works in the Newcastle Art Gallery’s growing Indigenous art collection and in particular builds the holdings of paintings from the Warlayirti art community.
Source : Newcastle Art Gallery