In 1984 three young men, all brothers, were part of a small group of nine Pintupi speakers who made their first contact with white Australia when they walked out from their traditional homelands in the Western Desert. They left remote country west of Lake MacKay to walk into the small community at Kiwirrkura just inside the Western Australian border. The three men- the Tjapaltjarri brothers, Thomas, Warlimpirrnga and Walala, are part of a group of 12 highly respected Pintupi artists who will exhibit their paintings at Japingka Gallery in Fremantle from May 30.

The Pintupi artists have created some of the great iconic works of the Western Desert tradition. Their country ranges from the Western Australian border east towards the community of Papunya The most senior artists amongst this group currently exhibiting were born around 1930. They include Willy Tjungurrayi, from south-west of Lake MacKay, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula from north-east of Kiwirrikura, and Makinti Napanangka, a senior woman from Lake MacDonald area.