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Ray James Tjangala

b. 1958

Ray James Tjangala was born in the desert near Kiwirrkurra. He is the son of Anatjari Tjampitinpa, one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists. He is also the brother of Mantua and Yinarupa Nangala. Anatjari and his family, were one of the last groups to be contacted by the NT Welfare Branch patrols in 1963 at the Wudungunya rockhole north-west of Jupiter Well. This encounter with the family is described in Douglas Lockwood's book 'The Lizard Eaters'.

The family subsequently moved to Papunya. Ray James now lives at Kiwirrkura and began painting for Papunya Tula Artist in the early 1990's. His paintings often feature an interlocking grid pattern -once incised onto ceremonial objects - now rendered in contrasting colours, a design associated with the sites west of the Kiwirrkura community, where a large group of Tingari men camped.Ray married Donna Nungurrayi who is the daughter of Yuyuya Nampitjinpa, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa's sister.

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