Mike was born in 1968 near Mt Allen in the Northern Territory. His skin name is Tjapaltjarri.
He started painting during the later years of his life, his paintings often depicting fire and water dreaming.
About the painting
With the use of bold lines, this artwork represents Fire, which is symbolic to the Pintupi men from the Western Desert.
During men's business, it is a ritual to light a fire. During these significant ceremonies the men apply body markings from ochre; perform certain dance cycles and song lines, which are enshrined in the Tingari cycle.