This issue features works by artists from the Western Desert region. Two were associated with the Warlayirti Artists in Balgo, Western Australia (Boxer Milner and Eubena Nampitjin) and two with the artists’ cooperative at Papunya Tula, Northern Territory (Fred Ward Tjungurrayi and Walter Tjampitjinpa).

Warlayirti Artists is an Aboriginal owned and governed, not-for-profit organisation that supports the cultural traditions of the Wirrimanu (Balgo), Kururrrungku (Billiluna) and Mulan communities. Established in 1987, Warlayirti Artists represents more than 200 artists across these three communities, which are in the Kutjungka region of Western Australia.

Papunya is a settlement 240 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs. The Papunya Tula Art Movement began in 1971 when a teacher encouraged some men to paint a blank school wall. This triggered substantial community interest, and many of the men continued their new-found interest in painting. In 1972, the artists established their own company, which represents 120 artists and is now entirely owned and directed by traditional Aboriginal people from the Western Desert, predominantly of the Luritja/Pintupi language groups.

Technical specifications

Issue date
Issue withdrawal date
$1.10 x 3, $2.20 x 1
Stamp design
Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos.
Paper: self-adhesive
Securepost MC90
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
50 x 30
14.4 x 14
Sheet layout
Module of 25
FDI Postmark
Canberra ACT 2601
FDI withdrawal date

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 Milnga-Milnga, the artist's birth place 1999, National Gallery of Australia

Boxer Milner (c. 1935–2009), Jaru people, was a senior lawman and custodian of the Purkitjii (Sturt Creek) area. Milnga-Milnga, the artist’s birthplace relates to the Sturt Creek flood plain between the Great Sandy Desert and the Tanami Desert. Boxer Milner painted with Warlayirti Artists at Wirrimanu (Balgo).

$1.10 Tingarri Mamultjulkulakutu (Tingarri men travelling to Mamultjulku) 2001, National Gallery of Victoria

Fred Ward Tjungurrayi (c. 1948–), Pintupi, was born at Purkitjarra, east of Kiwirrkura in the sandhill country of the Western Desert. He painted with Papunya Tula Artists in the 1980s and now works with Kayili Artists at Patjarr. His painting relates to the journey of the Tingarri ancestral elders from the sea to the desert.

$1.10 Untitled 2000, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Eubena Nampitjin (c. 1925–2013), Wangkajunga, was a highly regarded law woman and artist in the Balgo community. Her art focused on her homelands around Tjintalpa in the Great Sandy Desert. The artist painted with Warlayirti Artists in Wirrimanu (Balgo).

$2.20 Kangaroo Dreaming 1971, National Gallery of Victoria

Walter Tjampitjinpa (c. 1912–81), Pintupi, was one of the founders of the Papunya art movement in the early 1970s. A senior man and ceremonial leader, he was custodian of the Water Dreaming that runs through Kalipimpinpa, north-west of Papunya.

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Set of Art of the Desert gummed stamps

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Art of the Desert stamp pack

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Sheetlet of 5 x $2.20 Kangaroo Dreaming stamps

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Set of Art of the Desert maxicards

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