Tjuruparu Watson was born in the bush, anangu way, no house, no hospital. He states, "The rockhole I was born is called 'Kulkutja'. It is a long way from Irrunytju, the other side of Tjukurla, getting close to Kintore in the Northern Territory."
As a young man, he travelled with his family to Irrunytju, his mother's country. He was a teenager when his family walked into Warburton mission, and was surprised to see so many families living there.
Tjuruparu Watson began painting at Irrunytju in 2002 and his work was first exhibited in an Irrunytju Men's exhibition at Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney in 2003.