Australian Aboriginal Artists

Abie Loy Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Utopia

Abie Loy Kemarre was born in 1972 on the Utopia homelands, 270 kms north east of Alice Springs in Central Australia. Her language is Eastern Anmatyerre and her ancestral country is Iylenty, also called Mosquito Bore. Abie Loy began painting in 1994 alongside her grandmother, esteemed senior Utopia Aboriginal artist Kathleen Petyarre.

Abie Loy established her reputation amongst leading Australian aboriginal artists painting the detailed and finely dotted Bush Hen Dreaming, the story that she inherited from her Grandfather. These paintings, with their fixed structure overlaid with a floating field of tonally coloured dots, are classic Utopia artworks. From 2004 Abie Loy began working on paintings related to Sandhill and Body painting designs. These works are bolder and more open than the earlier works, often with strong linear structures.

Abie Loy Kemarre has exhibited widely and has been a finalist in the Telstra NAATSIA art awards in 1997 and 2001. Her first exhibition at Japingka Gallery was held in 1997.

The work of Abie Loy Kemarre has been exhibited regularly by Japingka Gallery including-

2012   Desert Gold
2012   Recent Works
2012   Sandover River Country
2012   Little Gems
2011   In Black and White
2008   Utopia Collection
2006   Luminaries of the Desert
2002   Generations
2002   Kimberley, Central Desert & Utopia
2001   Little Gems
1999   Utopia – Recent Works
1998   Utopia Dreamings
1997   Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming

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Region: Iwantja

Alec Baker is a senior artist from Indulkana in the Eastern APY Lands, who began his painting career around 2006. Alec Baker spent his early life as a stockman on Granite Downs station, working cattle and travelling the country. Eventually Granite Downs was acquired by Indulkana community. Then in his 70s, Alec Baker along with other senior men Whiskey Tjukangku and Peter Mingkuri joined the Iwantja Artists group in Indulkana, and began painting and exhibiting consistently with the group from 2007.

Alec Baker has a distinctive style developed to avoid revealing any sacred knowledge of Country, he paints expansive general images of the desert, interspersed with symbols of animals, waterholes and traditional sites. Alec Baker has exhibited at Japingka Gallery with fellow artists from Iwantja in 2013 and 2014.

Alma Nungarrayi Granites Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Yuendumu

Alma Nungarrayi Granites is a Warlpiri artist from Yuendumu, the daughter of senior Aboriginal artists,Paddy Japaljarri Sims and Bessie Nakamarra Sims, both founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists at Yuendumu. Alma Granites acquired her cultural heritage from her aunties, mother and father and other family members. During visits to country the dances and songs associated with the Jukurrpa were performed, and the kurruwarri (designs) associated with each Jukurrpa, were made as drawings on the ground.

Alma  Nungarrayi Granites started painting in 1987, but in 2007 that she took the step to become a dedicated and accomplished artist. Her main concern was for the Jukurrpa, the design and stories passed onto her from her mother and her father. Alma explored unique ways of representing the traditional Jukurrpa using innovating painting techniques and designs while maintaining the traditional aspects of the iconography.

To expand her representation of the Jukurrpa, Alma studied the Seven Sisters Dreaming in depth through her father Paddy Japaljarri Sims. Visits to country created a stronger connection to the land where the story takes place – the large round rocks of Yanjirlpirri country create a powerful landscape where the sky and land melt into each other at night time.

A selection of paintings by Alma Nungarrayi Granites is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

Alma Nungarrayi Granites’ has regularly exhibited at Japingka Gallery including the following exhibitions –

2013   Nyirripi & Yuendumu Artists
2012   Alma Nungarrayi Granites – The Night Sky
2011   Alma Nungarrayi Granites – The Night Sky
2010   Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa  – Star Dreaming
2009   Nyirripi & Yuendumu Artists

Anna Petyarre Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Utopia

Anna Petyarre is an eastern Anmatyerre woman, born at Utopia in 1960. Anna’s home is Atneltyeye, Boundary Bore, on the Utopia Homelands, approximately 220 km from Alice Springs. She lives there with her family. She is a grandmother with five grandchildren. Anna, whose mother was the late artist Glory Ngale, has painted since her early childhood. She is related to the esteemed Aboriginal artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Kudditji Kngwarreye through her grandfather, who was a brother of Emily and Kudditji’s father.

Anna Petyarre’s painting subjects include Bush Yam and Yam Seed Dreamings, which are associated Dreamings from her grandfather’s and father’s country at Atneltyeye, or Boundary Bore. As a traditional Aboriginal women involved in sacred ceremonies, Anna also paints Awelye- ceremonial body paint designs, related to women’s ceremony.

Anna’s more recent paintings have focused on images of her ancestral country, the finely delineated structures showing the terrain of the sandhill and bush country, often with markings that reveal waterholes and ceremonial sites. Anna Petyarre is renowned for her fine painting technique and for the care and pride she takes in her work, producing intricate and sensitive paintings that relate to the traditional culture of her Anmatyerre heritage.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited Anna Petyarre’s paintings over many years and the artist’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions including-

2012       Recent Works
2012       Little Gems
2011       In Black & White
2010       Summer Collection
2008       Utopia Collection
2001       Small Works

Barbara Weir Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Utopia

Utopia artist Barbara Weir was born at Bundy River Station in Central Australia in 1945. Barbara is the daughter of the famous Utopia artist Minnie Pwerle. Barbara Weir was taken away from her family when she was 9 and returned to them 15 years later. By the late 1960s Barbara and her children were living alongside Emily Kame Kngwarreye and her Grandfather Quartpot Akemarr.

Barbara was an active participant in the emergence of the Utopia artist movement, and during the 1990s she visited Indonesia with artists to further develop skills of the Utopia batik artists.

Barbara Weir was in Europe and USA in 1996 and from that time onwards Barbara has been a major name on the world of Aboriginal art. Barbara Weir’s language groups are Alyawarr and Anmatyerre.

Betty Mbitjana (Mpetyane) Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Utopia

Betty Mpetyane (also spelt Mbitjana) was born on Utopia station in 1957 in the era when the station was still run by non-indigenous owners. Later in 1979 a successful land claim hearing resulted in Utopia station being granted as permanent legal title of the leasehold to the community of traditional elders. The Utopia women played a key role in the negotiation of the land title.

Betty Mbitjana had grown up and spent her early years on the station mixing a traditional life with a western schooling. Betty Mbitjana is the daughter of acclaimed Aboriginal Utopia artist Minnie Pwerle, and is sister of Barbara Weir and niece of Emily Pwerle. As her mother Minnie Pwerle became more famous for her paintings, Betty developed an interest in painting and learned from Minnie’s innovative blending of colours.

Since her mother passed away in 2006, Betty Mbitjana ‘s career has developed in its own right, building on her acquired knowledge and developing her own methods of expression. Betty has taken on the many of the ceremonial stories painted by her late mother. Betty lives at Alparra Community on Utopia station. Aboriginal art status – Mid career artist.

Selected Exhibitions

2012   Heirs and Successors, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012   Little Gems, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012   Desert Gold, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2013   I colori del deserto, Galleria Isarte (in collaboration with Japingka), Milan Italy
2014   Desert Song, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

Biddee Baadjo Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Wangkatjungka

Biddee Baadjo, a senior Wangkatjungka woman, was born around 1938, near Purrpurn waterhole, located in her ancestral country in the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. When she was still a baby, she was snatched by an eagle from a coolamon, where she had been left sleeping by her mother when the family was out hunting. Her mother saw the eagle swoop away with the child, and chased after it. The eagle dropped Biddee into the spinifex grass, and her mother found her there crying.

During the 1940s Biddee Baadjo’s family joined the exodus of Wangkatjungka people who left the desert and travelled north towards the cattle station country of the Fitzroy Valley region.  Aboriginal people followed the Canning Stock Route towards Bililuna, or travelled north west following a trail of creek beds and waterholes, that headed towards Fitzroy Crossing.

Biddee Baadjo has lived and worked at Wangkatjungka Community, located adjacent to Christmas Creek station, between Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing. Aboriginal artists began painting in the community in 1994. Biddee lived there with her husband, fellow painter Luurn Willie Kew. Biddee Baadjo’s paintings relocate the significant waterholes and hunting areas that have been the province of her family for countless generations.

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Haasts Bluff

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, (1920’s – 2008), was born at Pirupa Akla, country located near the Olgas and to the west of Ayers Rock. By the time he was a young man, most of Bill Whiskey’s family had passed away. Many of his people had begun moving towards Haasts Bluff mission, about 250 kms to the north east. Whiskey joined a group of Aboriginal people who were about to make that journey. No one had yet seen white people, and when they arrived at the mission, the desert people were completely naked.

Bill Whiskey, along with some of the others, decided not stay, as they were frightened when they saw white people for the first time. They eventually arrived at an area near Areyonga, where a white missionary Pastor had established a camp. It was here that Whiskey and the others first tasted white man food. Whiskey spent a little time with Patupirri before moving back to Haasts Bluff mission, where he met his wife, and so never returned to his home country.

Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri practiced as a traditional healer, and people would come from afar to be treated by him. He came to be called Whiskers, owing to his long white beard, and the name eventually evolved into Whiskey. Later in life Whiskey moved to an outstation at Amunturrungu, where he lived with his wife and children. Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri began painting in 2004. The main images in his works are the Rockholes near Pirupa, Ayers Rock, and the story of his own journeys to Areyonga and Haasts Bluff.

A selection of paintings by Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri over many years and the artist’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions including-

2013   Landmarks and Law Grounds – Men of the Desert
2011   In Black and White
2009   Watiyawanu Artists
2008   Watiyawanu Artists
2007  The Stockman and the Medicine Man: Jack Dale & Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri
2007  Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrngu
2006  Luminaries of the Desert

Charmaine Pwerle Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Utopia

Charmaine Pwerle was born in Alice Springs in 1975, and has spent her life surrounded by some of the best known names amongst the Utopia artists of Central Australia. Charmaine Pwerle is the daughter of artist Barbara Weir and granddaughter of the famous Minnie Pwerle.

Through her early life Charmaine was also in contact with many other well known Utopia artists including Emily Kngwarreye and Gloria Petyarre. This early experience built into her make-up the strong desire to paint and to represent traditional stories that were part of her heritage, particularly the women’s ceremonial designs and stories that were passed down from her grandmother Minnie Pwerle.

Charmaine Pwerle first went to primary school at Utopia, before moving to Adelaide then back to Alice Springs for the end of her schooling. Charmaine Pwerle returned to Utopia for a few years before going back to Adelaide for further study. In 1992 Charmaine Pwerle was back in Utopia and working for Urapuntja Council. During this time Charmaine Pwerle lived at Soakage Bore, an outstation on Utopia Station, with her mother Barbara Weir and grandparents Minnie Pwerle and Motorcar Jim.

During these years at Utopia Charmaine Pwerle became further involved in her traditional culture and it was then that her grandmothers passed down many of the sacred stories to her. Today Charmaine Pwerle has four daughters and a step-daughter and currently lives in Alice Springs with her children and partner.

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Region: Yinjaa Barni

Clifton Mack is one of the senior painters of Yinjaa Barni art centre on Roebourne, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. Clifton Mack has developed a painting style that captures the fractured rocky terrain of the Pilbara, showing the layering and aging of the rock surfaces. His multi layered paint surfaces allow the colour to show through in much the same way as the eroded landscape reveals its colours.

Clifton Mack was born in 1952 and began painting in the late 1990s. His traditional country is the Fortesque River area around the Millstream Tablelands. Clifton Mack has won many art awards and continues to be an innovative artist within his community.

Collaboration Wangkatjungka Artists Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Wangkatjungka

Senior Aboriginal artists at Wangkatjungka Community have been painting together since 1994. The majority of the artists grew up on their ancestral lands in the Great Sandy Desert and were children when their parents joined the great exodus of families out of the Western Desert areas. Their families first contact with white settlers was in 1906 when the Canning Stock Route was being surveyed through their traditional country.

Wangkatjungka people moved to their community after a long exodus that took many of them through Balgo Hills, Halls Creek and the Fitzroy Valley cattle station country. The record of Aboriginal family ownership of groups of waterholes in the Great Sandy Desert is embedded in the knowledge and Dreaming law of Wangkatjungka people. Several waterholes were claimed by the Canning Stock Route builders and have had wells excavated next to them. Others are in more remote country and only knowledge by the traditional owners allows them to be mapped and connected to other waterholes.

The paintings can be seen as statements of connection between the traditional owners and the neighbourhood of chains of waterholes that underpinned life for Wangkatjungka people of the Great Sandy Desert. The senior Wangkatjungka artists include Biddee Baadjo, Elsie Thomas (dec.), George Tuckerbox, Nada Rawlins, Nora Tjookootja, Penny K Lyons, Rosie Goodjie and Willie Kew. Aboriginal art status – Highly regarded artists.

Artists participating in the collaborative paintings include Biddee Baadjo, Nada Rawlins, George Tuckerbox, Rosie Goodjie, Penny K-Lyons, Elsie Thomas (dec.), Luurn Willie Kew, Stumpy Brown (dec.), Nora Tjookootja, Jill Jack and Janie Lee (dec.). Japingka Gallery has exhibited Wangkatjungka collaborative paintings and works by the senior artists of the community for many years, which include the following exhibitions –

2011    Kimberley Artists
2010    Martu Men
2010   Wangkatjungka Artists
2009    Biddee Baadjo
2009    Desert Rain – Wangkatjungka Artists
2009    Luurn Willie Kew
2008    The Canning Stock Route – Wangkatjungka Artists-
2007    Desert Mosaic
2007    Wangkatjungka Artists- Mapping Country
2004    Tali and Jila – New Works from Wangkatjungka
2003     Wangkatjungka Women Artists
2003    Artists of Wangkatjungka

Damien Marks and Yilpi Marks Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Alice Springs

Damien Marks and Yilpi Marks are a husband and wife team who often paint collaboratively as well as individually. Damien Marks Jangala was born at Haasts Bluff in 1967 and later moved to Papunya with his family, then to South Australia. His mentors were Clifford Possum, Billy Stockman and Uta Uta Jangala, who taught him Dreaming stories at an early age.

Yilpi Marks Atira was born in Ernabella in 1969 and was taught the dreaming stories by her grandparents and her parents. Her mother Tjulkiwa Atira-Atira and her father Michael Atira-Atira (dec), were both talented artists and were represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the State Gallery of South Australia.

When Damien Marks and Yilpi Marks were married they lived first in Damien’s country near Papunya before moving to South Australia and then recently to Alice Springs. Yilpi and Damien Marks frequently paint together, their paintings detailing the ceremonial body paint designs, as well as  ceremonial tools and other body adornments. They paint in a method typical of the Western Desert painters using dots to convey their intimate knowledge of their country, which they represent from an aerial perspective.  Aboriginal art status – Rising Stars.

Selected Exhibitions

2012   Heirs and Successors, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

David Downs Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Fitzroy Crossing

Jarinyanu David Downs (1925-1995) was one of the great figurative painters of the Kimberley, successfully using ochre paints to recreate the great Walmajarri Storm Being Kurtal. Jarinyanu David Downs was custodian for the rain ceremony, with its dancers dressed for the Kurtal ceremony in long headdresses that represented the billowing clouds that foretell a rain-bearing storm heading for the desert. The Kurtal ceremony became a public ceremony in Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley and was performed widely in the late 1980s under the guidance of custodian Jarinyanu David Downs. A performance was enacted in Tokyo in 1987 as part of an exhibition for fellow Walmajarri artist Jimmy Pike. Aboriginal art status – Highly collectable artist.

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Region: Torres Strait

Dennis Nona has applied the traditional carving skills of his home in the Torres Strait and found new ways to express the old stories and legends through the medium of printmaking and sculpture. Dennis Nona was born in 1973 on Badu Island in the Torres Strait, north of Cape York Peninsula in Northern Queensland.

Dennis Nona has had a prolific exhibiting career and has taken his stories of traditional life lived along the islands of the Torres Strait to all parts of the world. His large carved linocut prints and delicate etchings reveal the qualities of islander life, and reflect the values and formative stories that enrich the culture of Torres Strait inhabitants.

Djambu Barra Barra Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Roper River

Djambu Barra Barra (1946– 2006), also spelt Sambo Burra Burra, was born in the Roper River area in southern Arnhem Land, and spent his early life at Nillipigee in Central Arnhem Land. In the 1960s his family moved closer to the non-Aboriginal settlements. Later in the 1980s Djambu  Barra Barra moved to Ngukurr community with his wife, fellow artist Amy Jirwulurr Johnson, and their extended family.

Djambu Barra Barra began his painting career in 1987, and adapted traditional bark painting methods to create large, colourful canvas works featuring native animals with references to “big corroboree stories”. Djambu Barra Barra’s work is represented in major institutions and private collections.  Aboriginal art status – Collectable artist.

Doris Gingingara Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Maningrida

Doris Gingingara (1946 – 1999) created a unique body of work based on her Arnhem Land heritage combined with her detailed observations of the bush and the natural world around her.Doris Gingingara’s preferred method of working was to use a range of ink marker pens on paper. With these she created a rich palette of warm colours and formed intricate patterns made using bands of colour.

Doris Gingingara’s own experience was diverse, growing up in the northern coastal community of Maningrida, then living in Darwin and finally moving to outback Western Australia, after the devastation caused by Cyclone Tracy in Darwin. In all these environments, Doris Gingingara was intrigued by the patterns and detail found in nature, and created her own stories wrapped around what she observed in nature.

The body of work that Doris Gingingara created comprises ink drawings and silkscreen prints that have her own distinctive artistic qualities. Aboriginal art status – Under-rated artist.

Dorothy Napangardi Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Yuendumu

Dorothy Napangardi (1952- 2013) was a highly regarded Warlpiri artist born around Mina Mina, west of Mt Doreen and Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. Dorothy Napangardi began painting ‘bush tucker’ designs in 1987 when her children were still quite young and well after she moved from her ancestral Warlpiri homelands into Alice Springs, where she has lived the greater part of her life.

Later Dorothy Napangardi began experimenting with her painting technique. This, along with visits back into her homelands in the 1990s, allowed her to refine her visual representation of her Jukurrpa (Dreamings) and stories associated with Mina Mina, culminating in the finely patterned, minimal paintings for which she is now so widely recognised.

Dorothy Napangardi’s Jukurrpa includes Salt Pan images and Digging Stick Dreaming (Karnta-Kurlangu). In 2001, Dorothy Napangardi won the coveted Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for a black and white work, Salt on Mina Mina. In 2002, she was presented a major painting survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Dorothy Napangardi’s innovative and distinctive painting style has earned her a reputation as one of the most important Aboriginal artists working today.

Douglas Kwarlpe Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Alice Springs

Douglas Kwarlpe Abbott is amongst the most highly recognised artists of the Hermannsburg school, who carry on the great tradition of landscape painting begun by Albert Namitjira in the late 1930s. Douglas Kwarlpe was born in the early 1950s and on visits to nearby Hermannsburg, watched his grandfather Albert Namitjira as he was painting.

Douglas Kwarlpe Abbott has since developed his own style of watercolour painting, continuing to capture the great beauty of the West MacDonnell ranges, with special emphasis on the many rich tones of reds that typify Australia’s Central Desert regions.

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Region: Roper River

Edward Blitner is a contemporary Arnhem Land artist who uses the techniques and stories taught to him by his grandfather on country around Ngukurr, on the Roper River in southern Arnhem Land. Edward Blitner was born in 1961 at Ngukurr and in his adult years has lived widely around the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Edward Blitner has painted since he was very young and has a great facility with a range of painting mediums. Edward Blitner uses the styles, as well as the stories and subject matter, of his traditional Arnhem Land home country, and maintains the natural earth colours for the distinctive  cross-hatching, or rrarrk patterns, on his paintings.

Eileen Napaltjarri Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Haasts Bluff

Eileen Napaltjarri is a significant second generation Aboriginal  artist of the Western Desert movement. Eileen was born in the Haasts Bluff community in December 1956 to the late Charlie Tararu Tjungurrayi, one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists, who forged a longstanding and innovative artistic career. Her mother, Tatali Nangala, was another accomplished and prolific painter. Eileen is the wife of leading Kintore artist, Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa.

Eileen Napaltjarri moved from Haasts Bluff to Kintore with her family after the outstation was first established there in the early 1980s. She often sat beside her parents as they painted. In 1999, after the death of her mother, Eileen began to paint her own stories. Her “rhythmically abstract paintings”, wrote journalist Nicolas Rothwell reviewing a Papunya Tula women’s show in Alice Springs in late 2006, “have become the newest sign of the inventiveness of Kintore women.”

The main site that Eileen refers to in her painting is her father’s birthplace, Tjitjurrulnga (also known as Titjurrulpa), a rockhole to the west of Kintore. She depicts this with parallel and arching lines of sandhill country, which meet and diverge down the canvas, occasionally disrupted with openings and waterholes. Her distinct palette of rich and vibrant colours reverberates with tonal intensity.

Eubena Nampitjin Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Balgo

Eubena Nampitjin Obituary: http://www.theage.com.au/national/obituaries/celebrated-artist-a-displaced-nomad-who-depicted-a-vibrant-land-20130527-2n7jn.html

Eubena (Yupinya) Nampitjin (1920s-2013) was one of the best known of the Warlayirti Artists from Balgo Hills, in the north of Western Australia. Eubena was born at Tjinndjaldpa, south of Jupiter Well in the Great Sandy Desert, and was taught maparn, or traditional healing skills, as a young girl by her mother, Mukaka.

Eubena Nampitjin lived a nomadic life with her family in their ancestral country, hunting, performing ceremonies and law for the maintenance of their country and for their own spiritual well-being. It was a harsh life and gradually the extended family dispersed, many going west to the outstation of Jigalong. Eubena married Tjapaltjarrri Gimme, and with their family then went droving along the Canning Stock Route, before settling at Billiluna Station, 220 km south of Halls Creek.

When the Aboriginal painting movement spread from Central Australia to the remote outpost of Balgo in the 1980s, it was the men who began to paint first, and Eubena began by collaborating with her second husband Wimmitji Tjapanardi. Their work shared a luminous and intricate complexity along with a love of the warm reds, oranges and yellows that continue to be Eubena’s signature today.

The major Dreaming stories depicted by Eubena Nampitjin in her work are from the Tingari (Ancestral women) cycle and the Wati Kutjarra (Two Men Dreaming). Other themes in her paintings include Tjumu (soak water), Tjukarra (rock holes), Malu (Kangaroo Dreaming), Bush Tomato, Goanna, Mouse, Moon and Dingo Dreaming.

Fabrianne Peterson Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Mount Liebig

Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa was born at Papunya community in the Northern Territory in 1965, and attended school in Papunya and Alice Springs. For part of her life Fabrianne lived at Kintore (Walungurru) community, where she painted alongside her mother-in-law, Nabulla Scobie Napurrula. So Fabrianne grew up in the heartlands of the Central Desert Aboriginal art movement at Papunya and Kintore.

Fabrianne Peterson’s painting style is also reminiscent of the work of her mother, Maudie Peterson Nungarrayi, who is now deceased. Fabrianne Peterson sets particular attention on fine detail that made her paintings distinctive amongst other younger generation Aboriginal artists who worked alongside her at Mt Liebig during the years 2000 to 2010.

Fabrianne depicts in her paintings the Willy Wagtail Dreaming stories from the region around Mt Liebig, and also Bush Potato and Honey Ant, and stories connected with Kunatjarrayi – Mt Nicker.  In her most recent work, Fabrianne Peterson has used her recognisable graduated dotting technique combined with areas of fluid paint to depict stories from her father’s country at Karrinyarra, north of Papunya.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited paintings by Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa over many years and the artist’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions including-

2013   Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa
2012   Little Gems
2011   In Black and White
2009   Watiyawanu Artists
2007   Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrngu

A selection of paintings by Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

Freddie Timms Artist Profile Picture
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Region: Kununurra

Freddie Timms was given the bush name, Ngarrmaliny, after the place he was born at, Police Hole, around 1946 on the East Kimberley cattle station of Bedford Downs. Growing up on station properties, Freddie Timms learned all the riding and stock handling skills at an early age. He worked on most of the surrounding stations, including Bedford Downs, Lissadell, Mabel Downs, Old Argyle, Texas Downs and Bow River Station.

After the stockmen’s dispute in the seventies, which resulted in the removal of many Aboriginal people from their homelands, Freddie Timms lived in the Guda-Guda Community at Wyndham, after which he and his family relocated to Warmun/Turkey Creek in 1985. Bow River Station was eventually granted by the Government to the Timms family, with Freddie’s uncle, the late Timmy Timms, as Chairperson.

Freddie Timms and his wife Beryline Mung live at the tiny community of Frog Hollow where Freddie paints his stories. He started painting in the late 1980s, using the knowledge and techniques that he had acquired by working and talking with the best of the Aboriginal artists at Warmun, such as Jack Britten, Hector Jandanay, Henry Wambini, Rover Thomas and his father-in-law, Paddy Jaminji. Freddie Timms’ representations of country are mainly based on real topographical features rather than mythological ones, often focusing on the landscape’s history and changes since white settlement.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited Freddie Timms’  paintings and the artist’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions including –

2013    Landmarks & Law Grounds
2010   Freddie Timms Ngarrmaliny
2009    In Ochre
2007    Ochre on Board
2006    Towards Black and White

A selection of paintings by Freddie Timms is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Utopia

Utopia artist Galya Pwerle is the sister to Minnie Pwerle (1914-2006), who has become one of Australia’s most recognised Aboriginal artists. Galya Pwerle, who was born in the 1930s, is part of a powerful clan of artists from the Utopia homelands. As an older artist, Galya Pwerle painted alongside two of her sisters, Molly Pwerle and Emily Pwerle, who are the aunts of the renowned painter, Barbara Weir.

Galya Pwerle paints aspects of Awelye, women’s ceremonial body paint designs, as well as the bush damper design, derived from the staple food made from wild grass seeds, used to make bush bread. Galya Pwerle maintains the strong style of painting recognisable from her family clan of Utopia artists.

Exhibitions

2005  Permanent exhibition and collection, Dacou Australia, Rosewater, SA
2005  Group exhibition, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2005  Group exhibition, Gallery SAvah, Sydney NSW
2006  The Pwerle Sisters, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne Vic
2006  Group Exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition, Rio Tinto Offices, Melbourne Vic
2006  The Pwerle Sisters, Artmob Gallery, Hobart Tas
2006/07 Group exhibition, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane Qld
2007  Permanent exhibition, Dacou Adelaide, Port Adelaide SA
2007  Standing on Ceremony, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA
2007  Utopia in New York, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, USA
2007  Annual Group Exhibition ‘Shalom’, University of NSW, Shalom Department, Kensington, NSW
2007  Desert Diversity, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne Vic
2007  Group exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
2007  Treasures of the Spirit – Investing in Aboriginal Art, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA
2007  Annual Group Exhibition, APS Bendi Lango Art Exhibition with Rio Tinto, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2007  New Works from Utopia, Space Gallery, Pittsburg, PA, USA
2008  Utopia Collection2, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

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Region: Wangkatjungka

George Tuckerbox is a Wangkatjungka artist who grew up in the Great Sandy Desert and moved north to the Kimberley cattle station country with his family when he was young. George Tuckerbox worked as a stockman in the 1960s and 1970s and eventually settled at Wangkatjungka community, about 120 kms from Fitzroy Crossing.

George Tuckerbox’s paintings reflect the ancestral country of the Great Sandy Desert, country that he travelled across with his family clan when he was a child. George Tuckerbox recreates the waterholes and the journeys that he made, as his family lived the last of the nomadic desert life before moving to the Kimberley.

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Region: Kintore

George Ward Tjungurrayi was born around 1947 in the Western Desert near the remote West Australian community of Tjukurrla. His father had died when he was young, and it was not until his teenage years that George first met with white settlers. This meeting occurred when a welfare patrol encountered his family group which had camped by a desert waterhole.

George Ward Tjungurrayi later travelled east to the government settlement at Papunya. There he worked as a fencer and a butcher in the community kitchen. He married Nangawarra, and moved to Warburton, then Docker River, Warakurna and finally to the newly established outstation at Kintore.

George Ward Tjungurrayi began painting in the early 1990s at Kintore. In 1998 with the passing of his brother, famous Aboriginal artist Yala Yala Gibbs, a founding member of the Papunya Tula desert art movement, a degree of important cultural responsibility passed across to George. He developed a distinctive painting style with dense parallel line structures marked out with shimmering rows of dotting.

George Ward Tjungurrayi’s large scale works depict the ancestral desert narratives relating to the country west of Kintore and the region around Lake MacDonald. Often the stories describe journeys taken by the Tingari ancestors as they moved through the landscape, transforming into the structures of the landscape.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited George Ward Tjungurrayi’s paintings and the artist’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions including-

2013   Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men of the Desert
2012   Heirs and Successors
2006   Luminaries of the Desert
2004   Travels of the Tingari – New Pintupi Works

A selection of paintings by George Ward Tjungurrayi is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

Reference: The Australian, 20 April 2004, "Going to the source", Nicolas Rothwell
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Region: Utopia

Gloria Petyarre was born on Utopia in Central Australia around 1945. Her language is Anmatyerre and her country is Atnangkere. Several of Gloria Petyarre’s sisters are also well known Aboriginal artists, including Kathleen Petyarre, Nancy Petyarre, Violet Petyarre and Ada Bird.

Gloria was first recognised for her batik work, along with other women artists. Her work is based on the body paint designs for her Dreamings, which include Mountain Devil, Bush Medicine, Aknangkere Growth, and Awelye Dreamings. Her earlier works show the designs painted across bodies. Bush Medicine Dreaming paintings show the leaves of a medicinal shrub, and differing brush strokes depiict leaves growing at certain times of the year.

A selection of paintings by Gloria Petyarre are available for sale online from Japingka Gallery: View Gloria Petyarre Paintings

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Region: Daly River

Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty was born at Tennant Creek in 1972. She spent most of her childhood at Nauiyu Nambiyu Community at Daly River, about 230 kms south of Darwin. Later Helen went to study teaching, completing her degree at Deakin University in 1994. During her time at university Helen’s art career began to take shape, and by 1993 she was already involved in her first art festival.

Helen’s painting continued to develop after moving into teaching full time, and for ten years she successfully combined a job as a teacher in remote communities with her painting activities. Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty had her first solo exhibition in 2006. In 2007, Helen received the People’s Choice Award at the 24th Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards for her painting Tyemeny Liman’s Wutinggi (Grandpa Harry’s Canoe).

Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty says of her grandfather: “In his day he was the best canoe maker in his country. It’s a sad story and a good story at the same time. It’s the last canoe that he ever made.”  Tyalmuty’s grandfather stopped making canoes when he heard that education would help his children. He left his country with a heavy heart and sent his children to school on the Cox Peninsula. Helen devotes herself to painting full time and is recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative Aboriginal artists. She spends her time in the community at Balgul and with her family in Darwin, where she has a son and four sisters. Aboriginal art status – Highly collectable artist.

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Region: Warmun

Jack Britten (c1921 – 2001) was a senior Gija Lawman and began painting in the 1980s. His signature style consisted of dark lines of hills decorated with traditional body designs, emphasising his ritual seniority. The paintings are a personal interpretation of the landscape of the Bungle Bungles, represented by numerous small round hills.

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Region: Mowanjum

Jack Dale Mengenen (c1920- 2013) was born in the bush at Mt House Station, in the west Kimberley. His early life was marked by the experience of conflict between different cultures. Jack’s Aboriginal mother, a Ngarinyin woman, tried to keep her son from his violent white father. Jack Dale Senior was a wild Scotsman renowned for his harsh uncompromising character, who once shot his own son in the leg to stop him from running away.

On the death of his father, Jack returned to his maternal family and was brought into traditional Aboriginal Ngarinyin Law by his maternal grandfather. His traditional country is Imanji, located near Mt House Station. Jack went on to lead a remarkable life that bridged both cultures. He was a highly regarded head stockman and bushman, as well as a respected tribal elder and lawman.

Jack Dale Mengenen began painting in the 1990’s, working with traditional ochre pigments. He has made large ceremonial boards used by traditional dancers to re-enact Dreaming stories. He has used his extensive cultural knowledge to record aspects of the Wandjina Dreaming sites of his people. He has also recorded his own memories from a long life lived at the frontier of Kimberley life, recalling the historical changes he had witnessed. These have included the arrival of afghan camel drivers, the enforced captivity of aboriginal workers, the conflicts between whites and blacks, the work of missionaries, and other sometimes humorous memories from life in the stock camps.

Jack Dale Mengenen said “That’s why I know every Wandjina my grandfather showed me, you can only put your Wandjinas in paintings, nobody else’s, that’s all. “

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Jack Dale Mengenen over many years and the artist’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions including-

2011   Jack Dale Mengenen
2007   The Stockman & the Medicine Man: Jack Dale & Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri
2006    Jack Dale – A Kimberley History
2004    Jack Dale- Narrungunni Dreamplaces

A selection of paintings by Jack Dale Mengenen is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Wangkatjungka

Wangkatjungka artist Jill Jack paints elements of her family’s traditional desert country, through knowledge of the stories that she inherited from her parents. Jill Jack was born in the Fitzroy Valley, at Christmas Creek station, in 1955. Her parents, from Walmajarri and Wangkatjungka groups, were part of the desert exodus that saw people move north towards the cattle station country during the 1940s.

Jill Jack often paints the waterholes and country belonging to her mother’s people, using strong colours representing desert landscape and vegetation. Jill Jack is part of the distinctive artist group located at Wangkatjungka community, south-east of Fitzroy Crossing.

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Region: Fitzroy Crossing

Jimmy Pike (c1940 – 2002) was born in the Great Sandy Desert south of the Fitzroy River Valley region in Western Australia. He was a member of the Walmajarri people, and his clan was one of the last Aboriginal groups to leave the desert to settle on the cattle station country in the Kimberley during the 1950s. His childhood was spent in a nomadic lifestyle, moving with his family between the various waterholes that were the focal points of their arid country. This country with its ancient culture and symbols were to become the source that inspired Jimmy Pike’s paintings later in life.

Jimmy Pike’s paintings from the 1980s and 1990s showed the physical and spiritual quality of his traditional Walmajarri country, and added a new dynamism to the central positions of landscape in Australian art. The artist’s themes of the intricacies of desert landscape, the visual character of the changing seasons and the particularities of its Aboriginal spirituality have transformed this extremely isolated area of the northern part of Australia into a tangible experience. Jimmy Pike is represented in the collections of major Australian public galleries and museums.

“My work is painting and drawing, telling stories from the Dreamtime and about places where Dreamtime people travelled through my country. They set down the Law for real people today, wherever they are. Thats what I paint”

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Region: Warmun

Jock Mosquito is a senior ochre artist of the East Kimberley, who was born at Nicholson Station around 1944. Jock Mosquito was involved with the Turkey Creek artists who developed the style of ochre painting from Warmun, that evolved from the ceremonial dance boards in the 1970s.

Jock Mosquito remained a committed community figure late into his life, and made his paintings alongside his other social duties. In 2005 Jock Mosquito had a stroke that forced him to adapt his painting style to a more minimal style, and his powerful ochre paintings from the following years were grand statements of his life’s journey.

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Region: Alice Springs

Jorna Newberry paints the colourful and abstracted images of the Wind Dreaming story associated witrh ceremonies held on her traditional country around the tri-state border country between Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Jorna Newberry learned much of her artistic skills from her uncle, the famous Pitjantjatjara artist Tommy Watson. Jorna Newberry uses the vibrant reds and purples that are familiar from the artwork of Tommy Watson, but gives her own work a swirling and more ethereal feeling from the fine dot painting and delicate lines.

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Region: Kintore

Joylene Reid Napangardi is a Pintupi artist from Kintore in the Western Desert. Joylene is the daughter of the artist Walangkura Napurrula and was born in Papunya in 1971. Joylene Reid Napangardi grew up at Ikuntji community at Haasts Bluff and later moved to Tjukurla community and later to Kintore (Walungurru).

Joylene Reid Napangardi paints the stories and designs associated with the Women’s Tingari Ceremonies of the Western Desert. The Tingari ceremonies remain at the heart of Pintupi Law and culture. Joylene Reid Napangardi uses these traditional elements to give the meaning and structure to her paintings. In 2012 Joylene Reid Napangardi  participated in the exhibition “Desert Gold” at  Japingka Gallery in Fremantle.

Joylene Reid Napangardi – is also recorded as Joyleen Napangardi Reid and Joyleen Napangati Reid

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Region: Lajamunu

Judy Napangardi Martin is a Warlpiri artists from Lajamanu community in the Tanami Desert. Judy Napangardi Martin was born around 1940, the daughter of Lorna Napurrula Fencer, and grew up in Lajamanu. Judy has inherited many of the stories that Lorna Napurrula Fencer painted, including the Yarla Bush Yam, as well as Wallaby and Bush Tomato Dreaming images.

Judy Napangardi Martin is an active participant in the women’s cultural events at Lajamanu, and carries on some of the heritage of her mother’s contributions.

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Region: Yuendumu

Judy Napangardi Watson was born at Yarungkanji, Mt Doreen Station, around 1935, at the time when many Warlpiri and other Central Desert Aboriginal people were living a traditional nomadic lifestyle. With her family Judy Napangardi made many trips on foot to her country and lived for long periods at Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts. These places are rich in bush tucker such as wanakiji, bush plums, yakajirri, bush tomatoes, and wardapi, sand goanna. Judy Watson still frequently goes hunting in the country west of Yuendumu, near her homelands.

Judy Napangardi Watson was taught painting by her elder sister, famous Aboriginal artist Maggie Napangardi Watson. She painted alongside her at Warlukurlangu Art centre for a number of years, developing her own unique style.

Though a tiny woman Judy Watson has had ten children, and is a woman of great energy. This is transmitted to her work through her dynamic use of colour, and energetic  ‘dragged dotting’ style. Judy Napangardi Watson has been at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa by Warlpiri artists, however her work retains strong kurruwarri, the details which tell of the sacredness of place and song in Aboriginal culture.

Paintings by Judy Napangardi Watson have been regularly represented in exhibitions at Japingka Gallery including-

2013  Artists at Nyirripi & Yuendumu
2012  Heirs and Successors
2009  Nyirripi and Yuendumu Artists
2008 Artists of Nyirripi & Yuendumu
2006  Warlpiri Artists of Yuendumu
1998  Kakarra Manu Kalarra – Warlpiri Artists

A selection of paintings by Judy Napangardi Watson is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Utopia

Utopia artist June Bird Ngale paints the finely detailed images of the Alpar plant, a valuable food and medicinal plant collected by the Utopia women of Central Australia. June Bird’s painting style is perhaps most closely aligned with fellow Utopia artists Kathleen Petyarre and Abie Loy Kemarre in her use of the fine dot technique.

June Bird Ngale is the daughter of Utopia artist Ada Bird, and was born around 1954. June Bird has lived most of her life at Mulga Bore, and been painting since the inception of the Utopia art movement in the late 1970s.

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Region: Unknown

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra was born at Papunya in 1968, the daughter of Walangkura Napanangka and Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. Katherine Marshall Nakamarra began painting in 1986, and carries on the strong tradition set by her mother Walangkura, using bold iconography and thickly painted fields of dots to contruct her paintings. Katherine Marshall Nakamarra paints the important Women’s ceremonial sites around Kintore, including the significant story sites at Muruntji and Tjintjintjin. Katherine Marshall Nakamarra held a solo exhibition of her work at Japingka Gallery in 2011 and has exhibited in other group exhibitions.

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Region: Daly River

Kerry Madawyn McCarthy was born at Daly River in 1975. The daughter of an Irish father and Aboriginal mother, and sister of well known artist, Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty, Kerry Madawyn McCarthy was brought up in the Daly River community learning the ways of non-indigenous society, while maintaining a deep respect for and understanding of Aboriginal laws and traditions of her country.

After moving to Darwin in 1985 and completing her schooling, Kerry moved back to the Daly River where she worked in various jobs. In 1994, at the suggestion of her aunt, Kerry started to paint. Originally Kerry pursued the traditional style of Aboriginal artists of the area, which focuses on depictions of animals and plants. However, following completion of her education at Bachelor Institute of Advanced Education, Kerry Madawyn ‘s style changed to include subjects more widely associated with Aboriginal tradition. This change was also influenced by her grandfather and by her spending two years in the bush at her mother’s home country at Bulgul.

Kerry Madawyn McCarthy is both innovative and precise in her work, continually exploring new means of expression of her stories of life and tradition from Aboriginal lands in the Top End. Kerry Madawyn McCarthy spends her time with her children between homes in Bulgul and Darwin.

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Kim West Napurrula was born c.1960 near Kiwirrkura in the Gibson Desert, south of Lake Mackay in Western Australia. In 1963, Kim’s family was met by Jeremy Long’s Welfare Patrol, a historic time when desert Aboriginal families who had come in from the desert were trying to make contact with those left behind. At the time, her family was camping at Willi Rockhole, slightly east of Kintore in the Gibson Desert.

Kim West Napurrula has a significant Aboriginal art heritage. Her family includes her late father Freddy West Tjakamarra, one of the original shareholders of Papunya Tula Artists, and older brother Bobby West, a traditional owner of Kiwirrkura and senior Aboriginal art figure.

Kim West Napurrula was married to Yuendumu George, and now lives at the community of Kiwirrkura. Her traditional country is located around Marrapinti, a significant Women’s Dreaming site. It incorporates desert soakages that run along the Northern Territory and Western Australian border. In her paintings Kim West Napurrula depicts her traditional country and the associated Women’s Ceremonies and Dreamings that belong to the Pintupi people from the region.

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Region: Utopia

Kudditji Kngwarreye was born about 1928 at Alhalkere at Utopia Station, located about 270 kms north east of Alice Springs. His language is Eastern Anmatyerre. He is the younger brother of the renowned Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and he began painting in the early 1980’s.

Kudditji Kngwarreye  is a custodian for ceremonial sites located on his country on the Utopia homelands, and many of his paintings refer to sites at Boundary Bore, where men’s initiation ceremonies are performed.

Today Kudditji mainly paints Emu Dreaming, for which he is cultural custodian, and Men’s Ceremonial Dreamings from Boundary Bore. Kudditji Kngwarreye is represented in major national and international collections and has gained worldwide recognition for his powerful interpretations of his ancestral Dreamings.

Selected paintings by Kudditji Kngwarreye’s are available from Japingka Gallery:

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Region: Kalumburu

Lily Karadada (also spelt Karedada) was born in the Prince Regent River area on the Mitchell Plateau, on the north west area of the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Her parents were Wunumbal language group, and Lily’s birthplace was Wumbango Wangurr in her Father’s country, where images of the Wandjina and Bradshaw figures are found at significant sites and rock shelters. Lily was born in the bush next to a spring, and so her father named her Mindindel, which means ‘bubbles’ .

At the time of the second World War, the young Lily and husband Jack, had made the long walk to the mission settlement at Kalumburu, which was coming under bombing attack by the Japanese. So they lived in a cave for many months on the outskirts, before finally settling back into the mission community.

Lily Karadada specializes in painting the Wandjina spirit with various totems including rain storm (dotting depicting rain generated by the Wandjina), lightning, turtle, owl nightjar and cave springwater. A dotted ground is also characteristic of Lily’s depictions of totemic species and the natural features of her country. Lily Karadada has lived all her life at Kalumburu with her large extended family, who are amongst the most consistent and longest practising Aboriginal artists from this region.

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Region: Haasts Bluff

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri is a Pintupi Aboriginal artist who was born at Lake MacKay in the Gibson Desert, WA, in 1937. Her Aboriginal name is Tjunkiya Wukula Napaltjarri. Linda was raised in the traditional nomadic fashion until the age of eight or nine, when her family walked out of the desert and decided to settle at the Lutheran Mission at Haasts Bluff in Central Australia.

Linda Napaltjarri’s paintings are inspired by both her traditional nomadic life in the desert, and the Dreamings of her father and step-father. Linda’s father was Rintje Tjungurrayi who was killed by a revenge spearing party when Linda was about eighteen months old. Linda Syddick Napaltjarri was subsequently brought up by her stepfather, reknown Aboriginal artist Lankata Shorty Tjungurrayi. Before Shorty Lankata died in 1985, he instructed Linda to carry on his work and paint his Dreamings. And so it was that in 1986 Linda Syddick Napaltjarri was taught the art of painting by her two Uncles Uta Uta Tjangala and Nosepeg Tjupurrula.

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri often paints the Dreaming story of the Tingari and the Emu Men. The Emu Men were ancestral beings who roamed the landscape during the Dreamtime or Creation Period. Linda paints country mostly around Lake MacKay, which has been central to the cultural and spiritual life of the Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Lake MacKay was where Linda was born and travelled for most of her early childhood.

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri’s paintings by have been represented in many exhibitions at Japingka Gallery including-

2012  Desert Gold
2008  Linda Syddick Napaltjarri
2007  Linda Syddick – Paintings
2005  Linda Syddick – Paintings

A selection of paintings by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Lajamanu

Lorna Napurrula Fencer (c1923- 2006) was a senior Warlpiri Aboriginal artist, born at Yartulu Yartulu, and custodian of inherited lands of Yumurrpa, situated near Chilla Well, south of the Granites Mine area in the Tanami Desert. In 1949 many of the Warlpiri people, including Lorna Napurrula were forcibly transported to the government settlement of Lajamanu at Hookers Creek, situated in the country of the Gurindji people, 250 miles to the north of their own country around Yuendumu. Napurrula nevertheless maintained and strengthened her cultural identity through ceremonial activity and art, and asserted her position as a prominent elder and teacher in the community.

The travels of Napurrula and Nakamarrra kinship or skin groups are the inspiration for Lorna Napurrula’s work, and she was a custodian of the Dreamings associated with bush potato (yarla), caterpillar (luju), bush onion, yam, bush tomato, bush plum, many different seeds, and (importantly) water. Lorna Napurrula Fencer began her painting career in the mid 1980s.

The passing of this major Aboriginal artist Lorna Napurrula Fencer in 2006 marked the end of a breathtaking flourish of artistic output in the seventh and eighth decades of the artist’s life. The artists is represented in the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, other State Galleries and major private collections.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Lorna Napurrula Fencer over many years and the artist’s work has been included in a number of exhibitions including-

2012    The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer
2012    Heirs and Successors
2008    Women’s Law
2006    Luminaries of the Desert
2003    Lorna Napurrula Fencer –New Paintings
2002    Lorna Napurrula Fencer – Paintings from the Tanami Desert
2001    Little Gems
2000    Artists of Lajamanu, Tanami Desert
1999    Paintings from Lajamanu Community

A selection of paintings by Lorna Napurrula Fencer  is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Kintore

Lorna Ward Napanangka was born at Papunya around 1961 and is the daughter of famous artist Timmy Payungka Tjapangati, who was one of the first generation artists of the Desert Aboriginal Art movement. Lorna Ward Napanangka began painting at Kintore in 1996 and often paints the traditional ceremonial site of Marrapinti.

Lorna Ward Napanangka painted on the the Kiwirrkura Women’s painting, the collaborative artwork created in 1999 to contribute to the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal. Lorna Ward Napanangka often travelled between the desert communities of Kiwirrkurra and Kintore when she was visiting relatives. Lorna Ward Napanangka has four sons and two daughters.

In 2000 Lorna Ward Napanangka began exhibiting her paintings and she held solo exhibitions in 2001 and 2004. She was a finalist in the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin. Lorna Ward Napanangka has developed some refined styles of dot painting and varies her approaches to different subjects.

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Region: Kintore

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri is a Pintupi Aboriginal artist, born in 1958 near Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji). She grew up at Papunya and attended school there, and later moved west to the community of Kintore on the Western Australian – Northern Territory border. She married Barney Campbell Tjakamarra (1928- 2007), a senior Pintupi lawman and painter of the Tingari cycle from the Lake MacDonald region, and has two daughters.

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri began painting in the early 1990s, initially by helping her husband with his work. The family had to relocate to Alice Springs where Barney received treatment at the Dialysis Unit. Maisie lived in Alice Springs for many years with family, but has now moved back to her community at Kintore.

Maisie Napaltjarri’s father was a Ngaatjatjarra speaker and her mother a Luritja speaker. Maisie often paints her father’s country at Warmarrungle near Kaarku. The major themes represented in Maisie’s paintings are the sacred rockholes and significant women’s ceremonies, referred to as minyma inmaku, that take place in the Western Desert between Kintore in the Northern Territory and Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia. Maisie’s ability to produce traditional designs associated with creation stories demonstrates her commitment to preserving these highly important elements of aboriginal culture.

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri has had paintings included in many exhibitions at Japingka Gallery including-

2013    Jorna Newberry & Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri
2009    Watiyawanu Artists
2006    Towards Black and White

A selection of works by Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Kintore

Makinti Napanangka (1932- 2011) was a senior Pintupi Aboriginal artist, who lived at Kintore Community and in her final years in Alice Springs. Makinti began painting in 1995 as a member of the Haasts Bluff – Kintore painting project conducted at Kintore. Makinti quickly developed her own style and maintained her individual look throughout, painting continuously from 1995, aside from an enforced break due to a cataract operation in 1998.

Makinti Napanangka ‘s paintings are often the stories of the Kungka Kutjarra (Two Women), Ancestor figures whose travels cover great distances from Pitjantjajara country, then north east through to and beyond Haasts Bluff and Papunya. Such journeys include numerous ceremonial sites, ceremonial activities and food gathering.

Makinti’s images often comprise hairstring skirts, these skirts are woven by the women from human hair using a simple spindle made of two sticks, and belts worn by women in ceremonies. Makinti did not concern herself with neatness, or the painstaking ‘dot by dot’ approach. Her bands of lines can form into arcs, and create patterns that twist and bend. She is very different from all her Aboriginal art contemporaries. Makinti Napanangka’s work is represented in major public and private collections.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Makinti Napanangka over a number of years including the exhibitions –

2008   Women’s Law
2006   Luminaries of the Desert
2005   Across Skin-Women Artists of the Western Desert

A selection of paintings by Makinti Napanangka is available from Japingka Gallery.

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Region: Yuendumu

Margaret Lewis Napangardi was born in 1952 at Mt Doreen Station in Central Australia and grew up with her two brothers and three sisters around Nyrippi outstation in the Simpson Desert. Margaret Lewis Napangardi was taught painting by her father, Paddy Japanangka Lewis, who was a prominent Yuendumu artist. In 1978 Margaret Lewis Napangardi participated with other Yuendumu women in learning the art of batik-making. Since that time Margaret Lewis Napangardi has developed her painting in a number of differing directions which relate to her inherited Dreaming stories.

Margaret Lewis Napangardi is the sister of the late Dorothy Napangardi Robertson and the mother of artist and musician Gordon Robertson Jangala. Margaret Lewis Napangardi remains an artist who likes to constantly experiment with various painting styles to express her traditional stories.

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Region: Yinjaa Barni

Pilbara artist Marlene Harold was born in 1954 in the Millstream Tablelands at Mt Florence Station. Her family were later moved to the coastal town of Roebourne, south of Port Hedland. In 2006 Marlene Harold began painting with other artists at Yinjaa-Barni art centre in Roebourne.

Marlene Harold developed a style of multi- layered dots that evoke the Creation stories of her traditional country, when the natural world was first being formed from water and mist.

Her paintings share the quality the impressionist artists, where many different paint marks are used to create a shifting surface of colour. Marlene Harold has exhibited at Japingka Gallery each year since 2009 with fellow Yinjaa-Barni artists.

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Region: Docker River

Pantjiti Mary McLean’s artistic career began in 1992, and she was soon represented in every important public and private collection in Australia. Mary McLean won the 1995 Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award and was the commissioned artist for the 1996 Festival of Perth. Mary McLean’s work has been exhibited internationally, including in a special retrospective at Australia House in London in 1995.

Mary McLean’s individual style of painting was born at a street art project in 1992, run by artist Nalda Searles at Kalgoorlie for people from Ninga Mia and other fringe camp communities. The project aim was for Aboriginal people to express themselves in their paintings as a reinforcement of cultural values.

 Mary McLean’s paintings and prints are everyday narratives that evoke the life of her early childhood with energy and abundance: men hunting, women and kids collecting bush tucker or running free and family life around the camp.  The secular and the sacred are totally enmeshed in her images. The irresistible humour and humanity of Pantjiti Mary McLean’s works have brought her popularity with an audience that extends far beyond the gallery. There is a powerful affirmation of life in her paintings and her unique style has guaranteed her a strong buying public.

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Region: Mt Allan

Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson is a Warlpiri Aboriginal artist, born in 1959 at Mt Allan, about 300 kms north of Alice Springs. She began painting in 1988. Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson’s paintings draw on traditional Warlpiri Dreaming stories, and incorporate her own distinctive sense of colour and innovation of design. Maureen’s passion in life is painting, and this shows in the diversity of style and high quality that she produces. Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson is very family orientated, and enjoys sitting and painting with her children.

Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson resides in Adelaide but frequently visits family and friends in Mount Allan and Alice Springs. In recent years Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson has been working as an Artist in Residence at Yulara (Uluru) for four week periods.

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Region: Kalumburu

Mercy Peumorra Fredericks is a Kalumburu artist born in the community in 1956. Mercy Fredericks was part of the Benedictine mission community, going to school and working in the old mission kitchen. Her family were more involved in making traditional artefacts, and Mercy Fredericks began her painting with other senior artists in Kalumburu in 2009.

The artists at Kalumburu had been encouraged to use the rock art tradition that surrounded their community by arts promoter Mary Macha, decades before Mercy began painting. Mercy Fredericks said that her people had accepted that the rock art culture was part of their everyday life, but initially had to be encouraged to integrate it into their contemporary art practice.

The rock art galleries of the North Kimberley are some of the most extraordinary art sites of ancient culture in the world. Mercy Fredericks is one of the gifted contemporary artists who is able to tap into her artistic inheritance to produce paintings that use the same natural earth pigments that have created a wealth of rock art around her homelands.

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Region: Utopia

Minnie Pwerle (c1910 – 2006), a prolific and expressive Aboriginal artist, was born on the Utopia homelands, about 250 kms north-east of Alice Springs. Her country is Atnwengerrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. Minnie Pwerle made her first paintings at Utopia Community in September 1999 when she was in her late 80’s.

The artist’s main Dreamings are “Awelye-Atnwengerrp” (Women’s Dreaming), “Bush Melon”, and “Bush Melon Seed”. These convey her love and respect for the land and the food it provides to the people. “Awelye-Atnwengerrp” is depicted as a series of lines painted in different widths and colours. This pattern represents the lines painted on the top half of the women’s bodies during ceremonies in their country of Atnwengerrp.

“Bush Melon” is depicted using a linear design of curves, circles, and breast designs in different colours. “Bush Melon Seed” is big and small patches of colour strewn across the canvas. Both these Dreamings tell the story of the sweet food that comes from a small bush and is only found in Atnwengerrp. Once very abundant and fruiting in the summer season, the bush melon is now very hard to find.

Minnie Pwerle’s paintings have been included in many exhibitions at Japingka Gallery including-

2012  Heirs and Successors
2010  Summer Collection
2008  Utopia Collection
2006  Grandmother and Granddaughter – Minnie Pwerle & Teresa Purla
2006  Towards Black and White
2006  Colour of Utopia
2005  Utopia Revealed
2004  Minnie Pwerle & Mitjili Napurrula
2003  Light Over Utopia
2001  Minnie Pwerle, Mary Pantjiti McLean – Tumaru Purlykumunu, Small Stories

A selection of paintings by Minnie Pwerle is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Mitjili Napanangka Gibson (c1932 – 2011) was born at Winparrku (Mt Webb), near Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. Her ancestral country is Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), Mitjili’s father’s country, located in the Gibson Desert along the Western Australian-Northern Territory border. Mitjili Napanangka Gibson belongs to the Pintupi language group, but also speaks fluent Warlpiri. Her father was speared at Mt Webb when she was very young, and Mitjili was looked after by her brother Pinta Pinta Tjapanangka.

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Region: Haasts Bluff

Mitjili Napurrula is a Pintupi artist from the Haasts Bluff region, located 200 km west of Alice Springs. She was born about 1945 and is half sister to the famous Aboriginal artist Turkey Tjupurrula Tolson. She married Long Tom Tjapanangka at Papunya in the 1960’s, and they later lived at Haasts Bluff and Mt Liebeg.

Mitjili’s distinctive painting style and designs are based on her father’s country called Uwalki, an area west of Haasts Bluff near the Kintore Ranges. The Dreaming stories (Tjukurrpa) behind the paintings relate to the making of spears – an important aspect of “men’s business”. The patterns represent the women’s side of this Tjukurrpa, showing the trees (Watiya Tjuta) that provide the wood for spear shafts and other objects.

This country is characterised by red sandhills, bushes and trees including the beautiful desert oaks. Mitjili was taught some of her key imagery by her mother drawing patterns in the sand. She says: “My mother taught me my father’s Tjukurrpa; that’s what I’m painting on the canvas”. Mitjili’s canvases are patterned with strong, vibrant colours, and contain an incredible energy. This style has gained her a strong following within Australia and internationally.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Mitjili Napurrula over a number of years including the exhibitions –

2011   In Black and White
2007   Mitjili Napurrula
2006   Towards Black & White
2005   Across Skin – Women Artists of the Western Desert
2004   Minnie Pwerle and Mitjili Napurrula

A selection of paintings by Mitjili Napurrula is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Wangkatjungka

Nada Rawlins was born about 1936 near Kirriwirri, in the southern stretches of Wangkatjungka country, in Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. This country incorporates Percival lakes, a chain of salt lakes running for hundreds of kilometers across the desert. The traditional owners, including Nada’s family and relatives, were custodians of this country and knew the sources of fresh water, which were often located within the salt lakes.

Nada says of her early life: “I was born in the desert in the bush. My mother never put me in a blanket. I never saw my father. Another father grow me up. We came from the desert along the Canning Stock Route when I was a young girl. We walked through Billiluna. After I lived with my family at Moola Bulla. Then we walked alongside the river to Christmas Creek. We had no motorcar – carried everything – swag, billycan, sticks, on our heads. Three mothers and an old man. Elsie Thomas and I worked together  get firewood, cook damper. No kids, we look after old people. I been sick one.”

Nada Rawlins lived in Fitzroy Crossing and at Wangkatjungka Community. She is renowned for the atmospheric abstract landscapes of her country that she paints in large areas of saturated colour. Nada Rawlins is represented widely in National and State art gallery collections and private collections.

Nada Rawlins has exhibited her works extensively since 1991 and her paintings have been included in many exhibitions at Japingka Gallery including-

2010    Wangkatjungka Artists
2009    Kids and Mentors
2009    Desert Rains – Wangkatjungka Artists
2008    Wangkatjungka Artists: Canning Stock Route
2007    Desert Mosaic
2007    Wangkatjungka Mapping Country
2004    Tali and Jila – Sandhills and Waterholes
2003    Artists of Wangkatjungka – From the Great Sandy Desert

A selection of paintings by Nada Rawlins is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Kintore

Nellie Marks Nakamarra is a Luritja artist, and is the stepdaughter of the famous artist Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. Her sister is well known Central Australian artist Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra. Nellie Marks Nakamarra was taught to paint by some of the foundation artists of the Aboriginal desert art movement. Born in Papunya and growing up in the Western Desert, Nellie’s greatest artistic influences included Old Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, Uta Uta Tjangala and many others.

Nellie Marks Nakamarra is custodian of Dreaming stories from her father’s and her grandfather’s country, which lies to the east of Kintore in the Northern Territory. Nellie Marks Nakamarra’s  main subjects for her paintings are Lightning Dreaming, Women’s Tingari and Women’s ceremonial stories. Nellie Marks Nakamarra has had paintings represented in the exhibitions Desert Gold in November 2012 and Desert Song in April 2014 held at Japingka Gallery. Aboriginal art status – Rising Star.

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Ningura Napurrula (1938 – 2013) was born at Watulka, south of the modern Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia, and is one of Australia’s leading indigenous artists. Her work is represented in all Australian national galleries and in one of Europe’s most important public museums, Musee du quai Branly, Paris.

Ningura Napurrula is the widow of the late Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi, a highly respected Pintupi elder. Ningura’s first contact with Western society was in 1962 when she and Yala Yala brought their family to Papunya. By 1963, they had moved permanently to the settlement. In the 1980s Ningura Napurrula moved with Yala Yala and their family to Kintore where she started helping with the background dotting on Yala Yala’s artwork, collaboration being a common practice with aboriginal artists. In 1995, as part of the Kintore/Haasts Bluff women’s painting project, she started doing her own artwork.

Characteristic of Ningura Napurrula’s work is a strong dynamism created by rich linear designs made with heavy layers of acrylic paint. Her depictions include the stories associated with the rockhole sites of Wirrulnga and Palturunya, east of Kiwirrkurra.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Ningura Napurrula over many years including the exhibitions –

2008   Women’s Law
2006   Luminaries of the Desert
2005   Across Skin-Women Artists of the Western Desert

A selection of paintings by Ningura Napurrula is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Patrick Tjungurrayi was born in Yalangerri near Jupiter Well in Western Australia around 1935. He is a Pintupi and Kukatja speaker, the brother of the late Brandy Tjungurrayi and Elizabeth Nyumi, both major artists from the Balgo community.

As a young man, he walked with his family following the Canning Stock Route north into old Balgo Mission which had been established in 1943. The family would collect rations such as wheat, which they would grind up themselves, and rice, sugar and tea, and then return to the bush. Patrick Tjungurrayi spent his early years travelling between Balgo and Kiwirrkura, moving with his family across their traditional lands.

Patrick Tjungurrayi eventually moved to the Old Balgo Mission, where he worked building stone houses and later the church at the new Balgo site. He met and married Mirriam Oloodoodi, Lucy Yukenbari’s sister, but returned to Kintore shortly after while she remained behind. Through the early 1980s Patrick travelled to Christmas Creek, Docker River and other desert communities. Patrick Tjungurrayi is a senior law man for his country – he began painting in Balgo in 1986, and more recently exhibited with Papunya Tula.

In 2008 Patrick Tjungurrayi won the Western Australian Indigenous Art Award sponsored by the Art Gallery of Western Australia. His work is described as having a powerful presence – masterful and monumental.

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Region: Wangkatjungka

Penny K Lyons is a senior artist from Wangkatjungka community. Her paintings reflect her deep knowledge of the ancestral country of her clan in the Great Sandy Desert, where she lived until a young woman. Penny K Lyons was one of the very last Walmajarri people to leave the desert homelands. Her people had been migrating to the Kimberley cattle country over many decades and the desert culture had travelled with them into the Fitzroy Valley.

Penny K Lyons paints the many waterholes that she knows from her country, naming the places and the locations where they gathered bush food. Penny K Lyons uses a rich palette of colours to render her desert homelands.

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Region: Warmun

Queenie McKenzie (1915- 1998) was born at Old Texas Downs Station on the Ord River, to the south-east of Turkey Creek. She grew up among Gija people and speaks Gija as her first language. Queenie was the first women painter to gain prominence in the East Kimberley school of painting. A close and long-time friend of reknown Aboriginal artist Rover Thomas, she worked with him on the Texan Downs cattle station.

As a young woman, McKenzie was a camp cook for the stockmen on the cattle station. She fondly remembered an incident that occurred about 1954, when she saved Rover’s life. He had been thrown from a horse and had scalped himself. She sewed his scalp back on so expertly that, even though she had never done such a thing before, doctors were later amazed. In time the incident became the subject of a number of her paintings. Queenie and her husband moved to Warmun in the 1970’s. Although never having children of her own she nevertheless ‘grew up’ lots of other children, whose mothers were unable to look after them.

When Rover Thomas began painting for the public domain, his work inspired Queenie McKenzie to take up painting herself. She preferred using natural pigments and included distinctive powdery pink and pale violet colours made from ochres that she mined herself. As she said, these colours appealed to her sense of beauty. In her compositions, she usually placed images of geographic features in rows against monochrome grounds. Queenie passed away in November 1998, less than a month after she had been awarded the rare honour of being appointed as an official “Living Treasure”.

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Region: Kalumburu

Regina Karadada is the second generation of senior Wunumbal artists from Kalumburu community in Western Australia’s most remote north western region. She was born in Wyndham in 1952 at a time when her community was run as a mission settlement. Regina was “taught by the Spanish nuns – good school, taught everything that you learn now, and music, cooking, sewing – everything.” The settlement remained as a mission until 1980 when the community went their own way.

Regina’s family includes most of the best known Aboriginal artists from the Kalumburu area. Her mother Rosie and father Louis Karadada were carvers and painters, as was her auntie and uncle, Lily and Jack Karadada. The senior painter and lawman Alex Mingelmanganu was her maternal uncle.

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Region: Lockhart River

Born in 1979, Rosella Namok is an Ungkum speaker who grew up in Lockhart River. In 1999 she burst onto the art scene with a highly successful exhibition in Sydney, which launched both her reputation and that of the Lockhart River Art Gang. She now enjoys a celebrated reputation among national and international art collectors.

Namok’s lands are to the south of Lockhart. Her totem is the Rosella. The artist’s language is the Aankum Group. Rosella began painting as a young girl when helping her father to decorate the bodies of dancers with ochre paints for traditional ceremonies. Her father was the painter of dancer’s bodies for tribal ceremony at Lockhart River and she would often help him smearing clay onto the body and working it with the fingers to create the appropriate designs. The marks or patterns used on the body and on the ceremonial ground are highly symbolic.

These ancestral markings are still strong elements in Rosella’s art today, together with other traditional symbolic patterns learnt from the sand drawing style taught to her by her grandmother. In Rosella Namok’s work we observe both decorative finger painting as well as “scraping” of the surface. “I paint mainly about clan groups, country, family and what people do” says Namok. Other subjects include the seasons – the dry and the wet – and the rainforest.  I also paint about the stories people tell me about, the spirits and carnival journeys to other communities.”

Rosella’s work is included in all the major Australian galleries and in some international collections. Her work is often viewed as taking Aboriginal art in a new direction, linking the traditional with the modern. She was ranked among the 50 most Collectable Artists in Australia by Art Collector magazine for 2001 and 2002. In 2013 two of her paintings were used as backdrops to a performance of Stavinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring by the Houston Ballet company in Texas.

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Region: Utopia

Rosemary Petyarre belongs to one of the most significant clans of painters on the Utopia homelands. The great Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye is her aunt, and her siblings include Jeannie Petyarre, Greeny Purvis Petyarre and Evelyn Pultara. Rosemary Petyarre was born at Boundary Bore on the Utopia Homelands in the early 1950s.

Rosemary Petyarre’s signature style is the painting of the Bush Yam Leaf which she depicts with the tiny seeds scattered amongst the leaves. Rosemary Petyarre also paints the Bush Medicine Leaf which her aunt Gloria Petyarre has made famous.

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Region: Wangkatjungka

Rosie Goodjie (bush name Kuji) was born about 1935 near Nyirla, at Kulyayi waterhole, near Well 39 on the Canning Stock Route. She moved with other family members north along the Canning Stock Route towards the white settlements of the Kimberley cattle station country. Rosie Goodjie moved first to Bililuna station where she milked the nanny goats, working for rations. Later she moved to Christmas Creek station.

Rosie Goodjie says of her early life:  “When I left my home lands, came north on the Canning Stock Route to Bililuna, Old Balgo. Catholic Mission there. Most Wangkajunka people travelled that way, when they left the desert to go towards white settlement. No mother, no father when Rosie go that way. No family now. Work at Bililuna. Look after nanny goat, milk ‘em every morning. Work for ration. Take ‘em to river, cook ‘em. Follow river all the way down, to Christmas Creek. Before kids. Working at station with Elsie Thomas and Nada Rawlins. Been learn English right there.”
In the 1980s Wangkatjungka Community was established on land excised from the station. From 1994 to 1998 senior desert Aboriginal artists began recording their stories at Karrayili adult education service. When the Karrayili annex closed in 1998, a number of senior people continued to paint, and Rosie Goodjie was amongst those artists. Rosie paints the country where she grew up with her family before they were separated from their country and moved to Christmas Creek Station. Rosie Goodjie lives at Wangkatjungka and sometimes camps at the homeland of Ngaranjadu. In 2002 Rosie Goodjie appeared in the film Rabbit Proof Fence.

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Region: Warmun

Rover Thomas (1926- 1998) became one of the most significant Aboriginal artists of the East Kimberley and of the wider Aboriginal art movement. He was born far south from the country where he gained his fame, growing up near Well 33 in the Great Sandy Desert. But in the 1930s his family moved north along the Canning Stock Route to Bililuna Station and began a life as a Kimberley stockman.

Rover Thomas settled at the Gija community of Warmun in 1975 and became closely involved in the ceremonial life there, conceiving a new Dreaming for a ritual performance of the Krill Krill. The painted boards used by the dancers provided a mechanism for artists working in ochre paint to extend the imagery and subjects to create new subjects for Aboriginal art.

Rover Thomas was first a manager of the ceremonial painting process, then became its best known participant. From the 1980s his paintings of the Cyclone Tracy events that formed the Dreamed Krill Krill ceremony through to images of station country and significant historical events, formed the basis for a new development in Kimberley Aboriginal art.

 

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Region: Darwin

Sarrita King was born in Adelaide in 1988, the younger sister of fellow artist Tarisse King, and daughter of the highly regarded late artist, William King Jungala (1966–2007).  Sarrita King inherits her Australian Aboriginality from her father, a Gurindji man from the Northern Territory.

Sarrita King grew up in Darwin in the Northern Territory, where her connections to her Aboriginality and her land were nurtured. Experiences of extreme weather and primal landscape have provided the artistic themes for her work from the time she began painting at sixteen. In painting the elements, Sarrita provides her personal visual articulation of the earth’s language.

Stylistically, Sarrita King uses traditional Aboriginal techniques and iconography, but she incorporates along with them unorthodox techniques inherited from her father, as well as techniques she has developed through her own practice. Sarrita King now lives and paints in Canberra.  She has been included in over twenty exhibitions, is represented in galleries in all Australian states, and in many high profile Australian and international art collections.

Sarrita King’s exhibitions at Japingka Gallery include-

2013   The King Sisters – Sarrita King & Tarisse King
2012   Sarrita King

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Region: Wangkatjungka

Stumpy Brown (1924- 2011) was a senior Wangkatjungka woman born at Ngupawarlu in Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. Stumpy is a full sister to the famous Aboriginal artist Rover Thomas. She lost her mother and father at an early age and was raised by her uncle, Jamali who was droving bullocks on the Canning Stock Route. He took Nyuju to Balgo Hills when she was a little girl, and then later returned to Fitzroy Crossing where Nyuju grew up and lived most of her life.

Stumpy Brown says of her early life: “My country is desert county. There are no rivers, we never see running water like rivers, only creeks after the rain, only jilji (sandhills). When I was a young girl I came to Balgo on a camel. This was the first time I came from the bush. Later I worked in the kitchen at Bohemia Downs Station. We got no money for the work. We got tea, meat and tobacco.”

Stumpy Brown began painting in the late 1980s in Fitzroy Crossing. As a senior law woman and custodian of Ngupawarlu, she recreates the story of her country in bold strong colours, and has been exhibiting her work since 1991. Stumpy lived at Wangkatjungka Community and at Fitzroy Crossing. Stumpy Brown’s work is represented in National and State Galleries and numerous private collections.

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Region: Darwin

Tarisse King is a member of a well established artistic family, working alongside her sister Sarrita King and her late father, William King Jungala (1966 – 2007).  Tarisse King began painting at an early age mentored by her father when she was still a teenager. She absorbed the philosophies and painting skills of her father, and continued to develop her own technical skills and ideas after his early death.

Tarisse King began exhibiting while still in her early 20s and in a short time has established her artistic reputation. She has often exhibited alongside her sister Sarrita King, and both artists have presented their work across Australia and in Europe. Aboriginal art status – Rising Star.

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Thomas Tjapaltjarri was born around 1964 in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. Thomas and his family, which includes fellow artists Walimpirrnga, Walala, Yukultji, Yalti and Tjakaria, led a completely nomadic life until they emerged from the desert, coming to Kiwirrkurra in 1984. The event of the family coming in from the desert was a momentous one. They had remained isolated from relatives who had left their desert homelands twenty years earlier. The family group had roamed between waterholes around Lake Mackay, along the border country between Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The family group consisted of four brothers, three sisters and two mothers. The boys and girls were all in their early-to-late teens, although their exact ages were not known; the mothers were in their late 30s. After making contact and establishing their relationships, the Pintupi nine were invited to come and live at Kiwirrkura. The Pintupi-speaking trackers told them there was plenty of food, and water that came out of pipes. Yardi has said that this concept astounded them.

Three of the brothers – Walimpirrnga, Walala, and Tamlik (now known as ‘Thomas’) went on to gain international recognition in the Aboriginal art world. Thomas paints simple, geometric designs and uses a dotting technique shared with other Pintupi artists such as his brothers, Warlimpirrnga and Walala, and with George Ward Tjungurrayi. Thomas’s works generally explore the stories of the Tingari cycle.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Thomas Tjapaltjarri over many years including the exhibitions:

2013   Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men of the Desert
2011   Tjapaltjarri Brothers
2004   Travels of the Tingari – New Pintupi Works
2003   Pintupi – Major Works from the Western Desert

A selection of paintings by Thomas Tjapaltjarri is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Walala Tjapaltajarri was born in the Gibson Desert east of Kiwirrkura in the early 1960s. In October, 1984, he was one of a small party of nine people from the Pintupi language group who walked out of the Gibson Desert into the small, remote Kiwirrkura community in northern Western Australia. Their arrival generated enormous interest and international headlines. Until this point Walala had never encountered Europeans or their ways. The group had been following their traditional lifestyle in the desert country west of Lake Mackay.

It was Walala’s brother, Warlimpirrnga, who instructed him in the use of paints and canvas. Walala started painting classic Tingari images. While Walala’s first paintings used a classical Tingari iconography usually reserved for body painting, ground painting and the decoration of traditional artefacts.

By 1996 his painting style had evolved into the works he continues to paint, characterised by rectangular shapes with surrounding dots and a limited palette of up to four colours. Walala Tjapaltajarri paints the Tingari Cycle, a series of sacred and secret mythological song cycles, which is associated with the artist’s many Dreamings.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Walala Tjapaltjarri over many years including the exhibitions –

2013   Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men of the Desert
2011   Tjapaltjarri Brothers
2004   Travels of the Tingari – New Pintupi Works
2003   Pintupi – Major Works from the Western Desert
2000  Sand, Spinifex and Salt
1998  Tingari, My Dreaming – Three Leading Pintupi Artists

A selection of paintings by Walala Tjapaltjarri is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Kintore

Walangkura Napanangka was born about 1940 in the bush at Tjiturulnga, west of Walungurru (Kintore), in the Gibson Desert, near the Western Australia/ Northern Territory border. Her family was amongst a group of Pintupi people who made their way to the Ikuntji settlement (Haasts Bluff) in 1956. They walked hundreds of kilometres from west of the salt lake of Karrkurutinjinya (Lake Macdonald) to access the supplies of food and water available at the settlement. The family returned to their homelands community of Walungurru in 1981.

Walangkura lived the latter part of her life in Kintore with her husband and fellow artist Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. Her mother, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and sister, Pirrmangka Napanangka, both deceased were also painters. Her father was Tutuma Tjapangati.

As an Aboriginal artists, Walangkura began her painting career through participating in the historic Kintore-Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project ‘Minyma Tjukurrpa’ in 1995. Her paintings exude a powerful energy, recreating the creation stories and ceremonial sites associated with the Tjukurrpa of her Pintupi homelands.

Japingka Gallery has exhibited the work of Walangkura Napanangka over many years including the exhibitions:

2008   Women’s Law
2006   Luminaries of the Desert
2005   Across Skin-Women Artists of the Western Desert

A selection of paintings by Walangkura Napanangka is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

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Region: Mount Liebig

Wentja Napaltjarri was born around 1945 in the Gibson Desert and grew up west of Kintore in her father’s country. Wentja Napaltjarri, who is the daughter of one of the founders of the Aboriginal art movement at Papunya, Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi, and has been painting all of her life. Wentja Napaltjarri’s first paintings were collaborative, helping out the men in the family with their work. While they painted the stories or iconographic elements, Wentja Napaltjarri did the in-fill dotting, characteristic of the Pintupi desert artists.

Wentja Napaltjarri’s own career began when she created her first paintings for Watiyawanu Artists at Amunturrngu (Mt Liebig). Since that time Wentja Napaltjarri has achieved high recognition for her work and in 2002 she was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

The main subjects for Wentja Napaltjarri’s paintings are Blue Tongue Lizard and Water Dreaming stories, handed down from her father. Wentja Napaltjarri also paints sandhills, rockholes, and other landmarks associated with water and Desert Oaks. Wentja Napaltjarri’s paintings are less geometric than her father’s and show a softening of iconography through the use of intricate, finely-worked dots. This soft dotting technique is characteristic of many of the well-known Aboriginal women artists who have emerged from Mt Liebig.  Wentja Napaltjarri’s palette reflects the warm colours of the central desert country.

Wentja Napaltjarri is a highly individual artist little influenced by other painters working around her and has developed a distinctive and consistent style characterized by subtle variations in colour and texture. Wentja Napaltjarri lives at Mt Liebig with husband, Ginger Tjakamarra (son of well known artist Makinti Napanangka), and with her sons.

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Region: Wangkatjungka

Willie Kew has the bush name Luurn, after the Creation Kingfisher spirit that made the ancestral waterhole at Nyirla, where the artist was born. Willie Kew’s home country is at Nyirla Rockhole, near Well 38 along the Canning Stock Route.

Luurn Willie Kew migrated with other countrymen into the Fitzroy Valley where he worked as a stockman on the cattle stations. When her retired he lived at the community at Wangkatjungka near Christmas Creek station. Here he began painting, focusing on the creation story of his home country Nyirla. Luurn Willie Kew distils the features of the Rockhole and represents the beak of the Kingfisher as it delivers the first people to the Nyirla site.

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala is a Pintupi Aboriginal artist, born in the bush at Mukula in the early 1960s, in the region near today’s settlement of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. Yinarupa is the daughter of Papunya Tula Artist, Anatjari Tjampitjinpa, and co-wife of the late Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi. Thus, she is related by marriage into the families of Aboriginal artists George Ward Tjungurrayi and Willy Tjungurrayi. One of Yala Yala’s other wives was Ningara Napurrula. The mother of five sons, Yinarupa spends her time between her community of Kiwirrkurra and Alice Springs.

Yinarupa started painting in 1996 and in 2009 she won the General Painting Award in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Art Awards. Her paintings depict topographic renderings of her birthplace, Mukula. Yinarupa and her family lived and travelled throughout this region until 1963, when they met up with a Northern Territory welfare patrol led by Jeremy Long. Yinarupa was taken to the settlement at Papunya, where she attended school and subsequently married the late Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi.

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