The Aboriginal artist Barney Campbell Tjakamarra was born c. 1930 in the area of Karrkurritinytja (Lake Macdonald) in the Northern Territory near the border of Western Australia. He was one of the original painters of the early aboriginal art movement which had its beginnings in 1971 at Papunya.
As a senior law man and elder, Barney earned the right to paint the Tingari Cycle stories. These song cycles or creation stories form part of the teachings of initiated youth and provide the basis for contemporary customs.
Many of the stories relate to the sacred sites around the Lake MacDonald area. These creation stories tell of the epic journey of the ancestors, the Tingari Men and Women who travelled through the land in the Dreamtime (Tjukurrpa) creating particular sites and teaching Aboriginal law.
Barney’s paintings are held in several private and corporate collections and have been exhibited throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.
Barney passed away in December 2006.