Born: c. 1948
Language Group: Luritja/Pintupi, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara
Country: Areyonga, West of Alice Springs, Northern Territory and Mt Davies, South Australia (South West of Alice Springs, Northern Territory)
Medium: Watercolour on Board, Acrylic on Canvas, Drawing
Subjects: Landscape - Hermannsburg School, Possums, Kangaroo, Untitled Landscape
There is reference in 'The Heritage of Namatjira: The Watercolourists of Central Australia' © book edited by Jane Hardy, JVS Megaw and M Ruth Megaw, to Thomas being the younger brother of Eubia Namatjira, wife of Ewald Namatjira. From the language reference it is possible he grew up at Areyonga, as the families from this region have a strong relation to Pitjanjatjara land. He was active from the early 1980's and painted with Papunya Tula Artists.
Vivienne Johnson, author of 'Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert' ©, makes reference to Thomas being given the skin name Tjakamarra after he married a woman from Papunya. He was taught to use pen and brush by Ewald Namatjira and became an experienced representational artist in the European style. He illustrated books for the Papunya Literature Production Centre. In 1985, Thomas painted in the Papunya style and produced works that incorporated elements of both traditions of painting. His later work returned to the Hermannsburg watercolour style when he moved into Alice Springs.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Papunya Tula Paintings, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, NSW
The Painted Dream: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings from the Tim and Vivien Johnson Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery and Te Whare Taonga o Aoteroa National Art Gallery, New Zealand
Heritage of Namatjira, Flinders University Art Museum, Bedford Park, SA