Yinapura is a Telstra award winning artist, daughter of founding Papunya Tula artist Anatjari Tjampitjinpa and sister of artists Mantua Nangala and Ray James Tjangala.
She paints her traditional land where women gather to conduct ceremonial business.
Her delicate compositions reflect an intuitive sense for space and rhythm. Her talent is enabling her to become recognised as a highly acclaimed artist. In addition to winning the Telstra award in 2009, Yinapura received an honourable mention at the 36th Alice Art Prize 2010 and has exhibited in Idaho, USA as a part of the Papunya Tula Art Exhibition of the Western Desert.
WILLYTJUNGURRAYI IS A SENIOR ABORIGINAL PINTUPI MAN, WHO MOVED TO PAPUNYA IN 1976.
His brothers Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (dec) and George Ward Tjungurrayi) are also major artists.
Willy paints hail storm at Kaakuratinjta, which tells the story of a journey by his Tingari ancestors who travelled to Kaakuratinjta (the Pintupi name for Lake McDonald)
His work is visually striking for it‘s rhythmic compositions that demonstrate his comprehensive knowledege and love for his country. His work features in public and private collections throughout Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, and the Holmes a Court collection.
Walangkura is an exciting and talented Aboriginal woman artist from Kintore in the Western Desert.
Her work has a powerful energy and passion that depict creation stories and ceremonial sites associated with Tjukurrpa from her Pintupi homelands.
In 1995 Walangkura participated in the historical Kintore/ Haasts Bluff collaboration Minyma Tjukurrpa and began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1996.
In 2005 she won the Redlands Westpac Art Prize, and was also involved in the landmark exhibition “Papunya Tula: Genisis & Genius in 2000 at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Walangkura‘s work, although very big and bold, is also very feminine, she is able to paint very effectively on a large scale. Her use of a more muted, pastel pallette on many of her works is particularly effective.
WALALA WAS BORN IN THE GIBSON DESERT IN THE EARLY 1960‘S, AND DID NOT ENCOUNTER EUROPEANS AND THEIR WAYS UNTIL HE WAS 21.
He was a part of a small party that included his brothers and sisters whose arrival in Kiwirrkurra in 1984 made international headlines that proclaimed the discovery of the “Lost Tribe.” His paintings tell the stories of Tingari Cycle.
The nature of the imagery he uses in this work is both unique and breathtaking simplistic, highlighting his profound and intimate knowledge of his lands. Walala‘s importance is unquestionable. His geometric imagery, and bold use of contrasting colours makes Walala‘s work stand out, and instantly recognisable. Coupled with his amazing personal history, as one of “the Last Nomads”, Walala is a very interesting man.
TURKEY TOLSON TJUPURULLA
Turkey Tolson was one of the youngest artists invloved in the intial Papunya Tula movement. He used the influence of the older artists to develop his own unique style to intepret his dreamings. He used arcs and hatch motifs as well as dots to camoflages his ancestral designs and marks from the unititiated.
Through the mastery of this technique, Turkey represents a celebration of the union the has been created between traditional culture and the contemporary art world. In 1979 he was an artist in residence at University of South Australia and went on to become Paupnya Tula‘s longest serving chairman from 1985-95.
Tommy has had a career as an artist spanning just seven years to date and produced a relatively small number of major works. He is a senior Pitjantjatjarra elder who regards his paintings as his beautiful country and as symbolically passing on very important cultural knowledge to do with his country and land.
As an artist his incredible attention to detail is reflected in the glorious works that he creates. The fusion of colour, texture and form allow the viewer to experience his country. His immense talent was recognised in 2007 when he was one of only eight artist that were selected for the permanent exhibition at the prestigious Musee de Quay Branly in Paris 2007.
TJAWINA PORTER NAMPITJINPA
Tjawina is the sister of Esther Giles Nampitjinpa and half sister to Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa. She is known for her skill as a traditional basket weaver and wood carver and has gained prominence as a painter.
Tjawina paints her mother‘s and father‘s dreaming stories. These include the sites of Yumari, Punkilpirri and Tjalili. These sites are important for ceremonies and as reliable sources for water and traditional food plants.
Thomas arrived out of the desert with seven relatives in 1984, making international headlines as ‘The Lst Nomads‘, having never seen white man before. Until this time Thomas and his brothers and fellow artists Walala and Warlimpirrnga lived a traditional nomadic existance. The subejct of his paintings is Tingari cycle, a series of sacred, mythological songs that are associated with his dreaming sites- Wanapatangu.
Tarisse, like her younger sister Sarrita, is one of the most exciting young Aboriginal artists to emerge in recent years. Tarisse is the eldest daughter of Bill King Tjangala and she has taken up the mantle to continue his work and depict the Dreamings that he passed on in her art.
Tarisse has taken Bills style, adapted it and and made it her own. Tarisse‘s work is typically very progressive, using metallic paints and new methods and techniques, that allow her to create different effects in her work. She often works collaboratively with her sister Sarrita to create work of incredible depth and movement, these pieces are highly sought after and visually intriguing. Both girls are making their mark in the international arena.
SHORTY JANGALA ROBERTSON
As a child Shorty lived the life of a desert nomad with virtually no contact with white-man.
He remembers the Conniston massacre and Aboriginal people and families being shot at Wantaparri, close to the Jila, the place of his birth. They left Jila for Mt Theo to hide from the massacre and being shot. When his father died at Mt Theo, Shorty moved with his mother to Mt Doreen Station and the new settlement of Yuendumu.
During World War 2 the army took the people from Yuendumu to Lajamanu, there Shorty and his mother were separated, but she came and got him and they travelled hundreds of kilometres through the desert until they finally settled at Yuendumu in 1967 after the Australian Citizen Referendum.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2002 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
2003 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists’, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2003 ‘All About Art’, Alcaston Gallery at Depot Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 ‘Kurruwarri Wirijarlu Big Story’ Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2003 ‘Kurruwarri Pipangka Designs on Paper’ CDU Gallery, Charles Darwin
2004 ‘Desert Mob’ Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, Araluen Arts Centre, NT
2004 ‘Painting Country’, Thornquest Gallery, QLD
2004 ‘Dreaming Stories’, Indigenart, Perth, WA
2004 ‘New Works from Yuendumu’, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2004 ‘Big Country’ Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2004 ‘All About Art ‘ Annual Collectors Exhibition’, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2004 ‘Recent Works from Warlakurlangu’, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2004 ‘The Alice Prize’, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
2005 ‘Warlukurlangu Group Show’, Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2005 ‘WAAA Collection’ Flinders Museum Adelaide, SA
2005 ‘Warlukurlangu Collection’, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
2005 ‘Jukurrpa Wiri ‘Important Dreaming Stories’ Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs
2005 ‘Recent Works’, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2005 ‘Luminous’, Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT
2005 ‘Big Country Exhibition’, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2005 ‘Land of Diversity’, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists New Works’, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2006 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists – Recent Works’, Mason Gallery, Darwin, NT
2006 ‘Warlpiri Artists of Yuendumu’, Japingka Gallery, WA
2006 ‘Summer Evening’, Anne Snell Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘Warlukurlangu – Aboriginal Art aus Yuendumu’, ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany
2007 ‘Tiwa Ngurrara, Strangers?’ Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany
2007 ‘Desert Mob’, Baguette Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2007 ‘Yuendumu & Kimberley, Twin Indigenous Show’, United Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘Couples, painting partners from Yuendumu & Nyirrpi’, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2007 ‘Desert Dreamings: earth + water’, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA
2007 ‘Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition’, Shalom College, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘Water for Life’, Victorian Artists Society, World Vision Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC
2007 ‘Above and Beyond’, Caruana & Reid Fine Art, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘Contemporary Masters of the Central Desert’, SF Fine Art, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘Above & Beyond’, Caruana Fine Art & Reid Mercantile, Sydney, NSW
2007 ‘The Best of the Best jewels of the desert’, Framed Gallery, Darwin NT
2007 ‘SIPA’, Seoul International Print, Photo & Edition Works Art Fair
2007 ‘Australian Aboriginal Artists from the Central Desert’, Jeffrey Moose Gallery,
Seattle WA, USA
2007 ‘Tiwa Ngurrara, Strangers?’, Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany
2007 ‘Aboriginal Printmakers NT & QLD’, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2007 ‘Stocking’, Artereal, Sydney, New South Wales
2007 ‘The Christmas Show’, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT
2007 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists’, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008 ‘Les couleurs du desert australien’, L’Antidote, Geneva, Switzerland
2008 ‘Desert Mob’, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2008 ‘Aboriginal Art aus der Central und Western Desert’, ArtKelch, Germany
2008 ‘Artists of Nyirripi & Yuendumu’, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2008 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists, the art of Yuendumu’, La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain UAE
2008 ‘Opening Doors into Colourful Dreamtime’, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2008 ‘Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition’, Caspary Conference Centre, Sydney, NSW
2008 ‘Representations of Country’, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA
2008 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists, Established & Emerging Artists’, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2008 ‘New Directions’, Gecko Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2008 ‘Bush Tucker 08’, Arereal Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2008 ‘Desert Stories’, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA
2008 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists’, Beaver Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2008 ‘Warlukurlangu Wonders’, Warlpiri Paintings from Yuendumu, Art Mob, Tas
2009 ‘Nyirripi & Yuendumu Artists’, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2009 ‘Value of Country’, ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany
2009 ‘Centred Art’, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2010 ‘Exposition d’art aborigene d’Australie’, IDAIA and Galerie Princesse de Kiev, France
Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
Artbank, Sydney, NSW
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Flinders University Art Museum, Melbourne
Gordon Darling Foundation, Canberra, ACT
Private Collections both nationally and internationally