Alec O’Halloran

Alec's experience as a Publisher Introduction Program recipient at Varuna spurred him on, turning a thesis into a book – a daunting task! He aims to publish a biography of the award-winning Papunya Tula artist, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, in 2018. The research and writing process for this project has gone on for years... it seems that biography is not something to be rushed. The most rewarding aspects of the process included travel to Western Desert communities, meeting with the artist's relatives, and receiving wonderful support from Papunya Tula's staff. Namarari worked as an artist from 1971 to 1998 across several desert communities to the west of Alice Springs. Alec is particularly interested in artist's biographies ( and is a member of the NSW Writers' Centre.