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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.



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
University NT
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


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