Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri

Billy STOCKMAN TJAPALTJARRI was born near Mt Denison, north-west of Papunya, c.1927 of the Anmatyerre/Western Arrente language groups. His first contact with non-Indigenous people was as an infant survivor of the Coniston massacre (1928). Billy was one of the founders of the original Papunya painting group assisting in painting the Honey Ant Dreaming design on the school wall which is recognised as the genesis of the desert art painting movement in the early 1970s.

Billy Stockman served on the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts from 1975 to 1979 and was Chairman of Papunya Tula Artists from 1976 to 1977.

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