Morris was born at Papunya in central desert circa 1957- 2017 and is the eldest son of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi and Ningura Napurrula, who are both renowned Indigenous artists represented in most major national & international collections. Moris’s first paintings were produced in 1994 and in 1999 contributed to the Kintore men’s painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal. He resided in Kintore with his wife Helen Nampitjinpa and their four children.
The Tingari Cycle is a secret song cycle sacred to initiated men. The Tingari are Dreamtime Beings who travelled across the landscape performing ceremonies to create and shape the country associated with Dreaming sites.
The Tingari ancestors gathered at these sites for Maliera (initiation) ceremonies. The sites take the form of, and are located at, significant rockholes, sand hills, sacred mountains and water soakages in the western desert.
Tingari may be poetically interpreted as song-line paintings relating to the songs (of the people) and creation stories (of places) in Pintupi mythology.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia