Bobby West Tjupurrula

Bobby is the son of Freddy West Tjakamarra, one of the original shareholders of Papunya Tula Artists. He was born 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 Willi rockhole, slightly east of Kintore. Bobby appears with his family in the book ‘The Lizard Eaters’, by Douglas Lockwood. He commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in the late 1980’s, and has become an integral part of the company, serving as chairman on several occasions. 


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Telstra Natsiaa finalistJune 22 to January 2025

Bobby West Tjupurrula is a finalist in this year's National Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islander Art Award.

This is his sixth time as a finalist. 

Papunya Tula Artists in WashingtonUntil 22 December 2023

Celebrating the opening of the new Australian Embassy building in Washington DC, Irrititja Kuwarri Tjungu -  Past & Present Together, is an exhibition celebrating Papunya Tula Artists.  From the Kluge Ruhe Collection at the University of Virginia. 




The Purple HouseUntil end February 2022

In 2000 the AGNSW held Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, and at the same time the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal to raise funds for the The Purple House, an Aboriginal run community health scheme that provides a mobile dialysis clinic and community care.  Includes Bobby West Tjupurrula and Patrick Tjungurrayi 

Mosman Art Prize23 September - 29 October, 2017

Bobby West Tjupurrula is a finalist in this year's Mosman Art Prize, at the Mosman Regional Gallery, Sydney.