Anna Petyarre is a significant Utopia artist whose fine skills and innovative painting techniques define her impressive portfolio of paintings and subjects. Anna Petyarre was born on the Utopia homelands in 1960 and her language group is eastern Anmatyerre. She lives at Atneltyeye, or Boundary Bore and in Alice Springs. Anna Petyarre has painted since she was child – her mother the late artist Glory Ngale was her first role model. Anna Petyarre is related to famous senior artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Kudditji Kngwarreye through her grandfather, who was a brother of Emily and Kudditji’s father. Anna Petyarre is a grandmother with five grandchildren. (more…)
The paintings of Damien Marks and Yilpi Marks cross into new areas of contemporary Aboriginal art. The iconography is inherited form some of the major Aboriginal art figures of the Central Desert movement. Damien Marks was taught by the great artists Billy Stockman, Uta Uta Jangala and Clifford Possum, and the placement of ceremonial artefacts and symbols were important statements in the structures of the paintings. (more…)
Debra McDonald Nangala, was born in November 1969 at Papunya Camp. She is the granddaughter of the late Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi (c.1920-1987) who was a Pintubi man from Lake MacDonald in the Gibson Desert, Central Australia. In 1948 he moved to Haasts Bluff and Papunya, and both Debra and Shorty’s stories refer to his country of Lake MacDonald. (more…)
Fiona Omeenyo was born in 1981 and has been a member of the Lockhart River Art Gang since the late 1990s. Her imagery is based on key stories from the Umpila language group, and they relate to their history, their ancestor spirits, and to their relationship to their land. Fiona appeared on the contemporary art scene in the late 1990s as part of North Queensland’s renowned Lockhart River ‘Art Gang’. She had her first solo show in 2001 in Broome, Western Australia. (more…)
Gloria Petyarre is one of Australia’s best known artists. Gloria was born at Utopia in Central Australia c.1945.
Gloria Petyarre paintings are noted as some of the most famous from the Aboriginal artists of the Utopia Homelands. Gloria was born around 1945 on Atnangkere country at Utopia in Central Australia. (more…)
The artist says – “The story for these Gwion Gwion figures has always been there on the rocks, painted thousands of years ago. In the bush and all through this country, these ancient rock art figures are thousands of years old.” They are workers, guardians and companions to the Boss Wandjina spirit. For local people on the north Kimberley coast, for Kwini people this side near Kalumburu, they say the stories are about everyday things that are recorded in the rock paintings. (more…)
Joylene Reid – Daughter of Walangkura Napurrula, paints Women’s Ceremonies from Kintore region. Joylene Reid Napangardi is a Pintupi woman from Walungurru (Kintore), 530 Kms to the west of Alice Springs. Joylene Reid Napangardi comes from a strong artistic lineage: her parents are Walangkura Napurrula and Kalara Tjapangarti. After growing up at the Ikuntji settlement of Haasts Bluff, in 1981 she returned to Tjukurla and eventually settled in Kintore. (more…)
Katherine Marshall Nakamarra, the daughter of highly acclaimed Pintupi artist Walangkura Napanangka, has been painting since 1986. Her father, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula was also an artist, as were her mother’s sister, Pirrmangka Napanangka, and her grandmother, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa. Along with her sisters, Debra Young Nakamarra and Lorraine Yungut Nakamarra, Katherine Marshall Nakamarra was handed down stories and shown how to represent them by her mother Walangkura Napanangka. (more…)
Kim Butler Napurrula is a Pintupi woman from Tjukurla, located far to the west of Alice Springs, just over the Western Australian border. Kim comes from a talented family of artists. She is the daughter of acclaimed artist, Anatjari Tjakamarra, who was one of the original group of painting men who formed around Geoffrey Bardon in 1971. He was also one of the original Papunya Tula shareholders when the company formed at the end of 1972. (more…)
Lily Kelly Napangardi is a Warlpiri artist Born in Haasts Bluff around 1948, Lily Kelly started painting in 1986 for Papunya Tula Artists. Lilly Kelly won the prestigious Telstra Art Award in 1986 and was selected in 2002 as well as 2003. Lilly Kelly is a very fine artist who, if handled professionally, is capable of greatness. With this no doubt in mind, Australian Art Collector Magazine selected her as one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists for 2006. Yet in equal measure she produces perfunctory works motivated more by income than the pleasure of creative engagement. (more…)
Maisie Ward Nungurrayi is from a strong artistic family, born 1975 at Papunya, daughter of Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri, paints stories of ancestral country. Maisie Ward Nungurrayi was born in Papunya around 1975, and is the daughter of Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri, a well known artist and Ngangkari or medicine man. (more…)
Marlene Young Nungurrayi is a Pintupi woman born in 1971 at Papunya. During her childhood the family moved across many of the communities of the Central and Western Desert. They moved from Papunya to Warburton, Patjarr, Wiluna, Leonora and Docker River in Western Australia before moving back to Kintore. Marlene’s father was Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri (1940-1987) whose traditional country was Patjarr, and who was one of the original Papunya Tula shareholders group. Tommy Lowry was the older brother of Doctor George Tjapaltjarri, who became the adopted father for Marlene Young Nungurrayi when her father died. (more…)
Melissa Nungarrayi Larry paints for the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation located at the Yuendumu community 300km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. Established in 1985, Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation is a fully aboriginal owned and governed art centre with over 600 members.
Naata Nungurrayi is a Pintupi artist born c.1932 at the rockhole site of Kumil, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. Naata started painting in late 1994 at Kintore along with other women artists from the Haasts Bluff community, and began commissioned paintings for Papunya Tula artists in 1996. Her paintings are sought by most major Australian galleries and collectors worldwide. Naata’s artworks have been entered into the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, (more…)
Ningura Napurrula is a Pintupi artist born at Watulka, south of Kiwirrkurra around 1938. In 1996 she stated painting for the Papunya Tula Artists. Ningura Napurrula is one of the eight artists from Australia whose work is now exhibited in the Musée du quai Branly, Paris. While still an active member of the Papunya Tula organization, Ningura is one of a number of artists that has taken advantage of the renown that her art has brought her by painting for a wide array of dealers in Alice Springs and beyond. (more…)
Phyllis Napurrurla Williams was born a long time ago at Mount Doreen Station. For a while she worked at Mount Doreen Station, then she moved to Yuendumu and now she lives in Nyirripi. She is a widow and as no children. Phyllis has been painting since 1988 with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa ( Walungurru, Ininiti, Central Western Desert, Generation 1) a Pintupi man was born around 1943 at Tjiturrunya west of Kintore. Ronnie commenced painting in 1975; he has emerged as one of Papunya Tula’s major artists. He is married to Mary Brown Napangardi and currently spends his time between Alice Springs and his home in Kintore. Ronnie’s style tends towards simple, geometric shapes and bold lines. He explores the themes of water dreaming, bushfire dreaming and the Tingari cycle. (more…)
Rosella Namok is an Ungkum speaker who was born in Lockhart River in 1979. She began painting with the Lockhart River art Gang at an early age, Rosella’s paintings are very contemporary in style, and she depicts her own stories about life in her isolated Aboriginal community, about the people around her, how they live and the things they do. (more…)
Shorty Jangala Robertson was born at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage and claypan north-west of Yuendumu. He lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with his parents, older brother and extended Warlpiri family. They travelled vast distances across desert country, passing through Warlukurlangu, south west of Jila and Ngarlikurlangu, and north of Yuendumu, visiting Jangala’s skin brothers. (more…)
Stephen Larcombe was born in 1981 Goompi Ugerabah’s name means possum from the place of the goanna. Goompi’s tribal connection is to Pialba (Maryborough) in South East Queensland. Goompi has practiced culture (song, dance and language) from a young age. He is a member and manages; Bundjalung Kunjiel Dance Troupe Goompi began painting full time over 8 years ago.
Thomas Tjapaltjarri and his family group were amongst the last nomadic desert dwellers to leave the desert to join their kinsmen in the small settlements that had grown around the periphery of their homelands. They were named “the Last Nomads” and “the Group of Nine” when they appeared in the tiny community of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia in 1984. (more…)
Tommy Watson a senior Pitjantjatjara man was born around the 1930’s in the small community of Irrunytju. He was a founding member of the Irrunytju Art Centre and commenced painting in 2002. He has become a significant contemporary Indigenous Australian artist. Tommy Watson began painting in 2001, at the same time becoming one of a handful of painters establishing the Irrunytju community art centre in 2001, soon after being identified as a leading light in the Aboriginal Art movement, and is held in high esteem both nationally and internationally. (more…)
Walangkura Napanangka (Pintubi Tribe) born circa 1938/1940 is the daugther of Inyuwa Nampitjinpa & Tutuma Tjapangarti, sister to Pirrmangka Napanangka (deceased).
She was born at the site of Tjiturulgna, west of Walungkurru. She sadly passed away December 2014.
Walangkura participated in the Kintore – Haast Bluff joint canvas project in 1994. She began painting for Papunya Tula in 1996 & now lives at Kiwirrikurra with her husband respected artist Johnny Yungut. (more…)
One of the most sought after painters of the Western Desert, Willy Tjungurrayi is a senior Pintupi man, entitled by his ancestry and communal position to paint the sacred and secret Tingari cycle. He has been acknowledged as one of the great colourists of contemporary Aboriginal painting. Willy Tjungurrayi was born around 1932 at Patjantja, southwest of Lake Mackay in the Northern Territory. (more…)