Bobby West Tjupurrula

Bobby is the son of Freddy West Tjupurrula, one of the original shareholders of Papunya Tula Artist. He was born around 1958 at the rockhole site of Tjamu Tjamu, which is east of Kiwirrkura, around 1958. Bobby’s family was met by Jeremy Long’s welfare patrol in 1963. At the time his family was camping at Willi rockholes, slightly east of Kintore. Bobby appears with his family in the book ‘The Lizard Eaters’ by Douglas Lockwood, which documents the 1963 patrol. He commenced painting for Papunya Tiula Artist in the late 1980’s. In 1999 Bobby contributed to the Kiwirrkura men’s painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal.


National Gallery of Victoria
Art Gallery of NSW
Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
Charles Darwin University
Cornell University, New York, USA
Seattle Art Museum