Ada Bird Petyarre
Ada Bird Petyarre was born at Akaye Soakage, Utopia 1930c. She is an Anmatyerre speaker and her country is Atnangkere. Ada has painted silk batiks and used acrylic paint to paint on canvas and linen. The traditional stories that she paints are Mountain Devil Lizard, Emu, Pencil Yam, Grass Seeds, and Small Brown Grass.
Ada is one of seven sisters, all of whom are accomplished artists in their own right. Her siblings include Kathleen Petyarre, Gloria Tamerre Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre, Violet Petyarre, Jeannie Petyarre, and Nancy Petyarre. The Petyarres are one of Australia’s most remarkable artistic families and their work is approachable, filled with movement and energy, and composed of the colours of the deserts of the Utopia Region.
Sadly, Ada Bird passed away in 2010.
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.