Australian Made Souvenir Indigenous Aboriginal Art Koala Plush Toy
Artist: Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Made in Australia
High thread count cotton
Features original art by renowned artist Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Artist’s story included with the product
• Royalties paid to the artist
Supervision of children less than 3 years is required. Remove all tags, ribbon, small parts and packaging before giving to a child to avoid possible choking hazard. Keep soft toys out of your baby’s sleeping environment.
About the Artist:
Thomas Tjapaltjarri was born sometime around 1964 in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. Thomas and his family, which includes fellow artists Warlimpirrnga, Walala, Yukultji, Yalti and Tjakaria, led a completely nomadic life until they emerged from the desert, coming to Kiwirrkurra in 1984. Dubbed “the Last Nomads” or “the Pintupi nine”, they had had no contact with western society until this point. Amazingly, he transitioned from an utterly traditional lifestyle to commencing as an artist within a matter of a few years and painting the traditional stories of his people.
Thomas paints simple, geometric designs and uses a dotting technique shared with other Pintupi artists such as his brothers, Warlimpirrnga and Walala, and with Willy and George Ward Tjungurrayi. Thomas’ works explore the stories of the Tingari cycle. Tingari are the legendary Dreamtime beings of the Pintupi people that travelled the desert performing rituals, teaching law, creating landforms and shaping what would become ceremonial sites. As far as we can know, the meanings behind Tingari paintings are multi-layered, however, those meaning are not available to the uninitiated.