Tony Jampijinpa Sampson was born in Alice Springs Hospital. At the time of his birth his parents were living in Mount Denison, a station 332 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. He was brought up in Willowra, a remote Aboriginal community located 220 km north-west of Alice Springs and 200 km from Yuendumu. Besides attending the local school, his parents would take him out bush, showing him sites and teaching him the traditional ways of his country. His father, a well-known artist taught him to paint and to work with wood and taught him his Jukurrpa or Dreaming. He also furthered his education in Alice Springs, excelling in carpentry and mechanics.
Tony began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, when he visited family in 2018. Yuendumu is a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west from Alice Springs. He paints his father’s Jarlji Jukurrpa (Frog Dreaming) and Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming). Stories which have been passed down to him by his parents and grandparents and their parents before them for millennia. He also creates artworks using recycled material. “I get excited when I paint, it keeps me in touch with my country, it makes my family happy—it is like a family tree.”