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Ronnie Tjampitjijnpa

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Language: Pintupi
Region: Walangurru (Kintore) and Alice Springs
Date of Birth: c1943

    
          
 

Content: Ronnie generally paints geometric iconography associated with the Tingari Cycle, Water Dreaming and Fire Dreaming.

Selected Collections:

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Robert Holmes a Court Collection
  • Richard Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
  • Musee National des Arts Africains et Oceaniens, Paris, France

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Gloria Tamerre Petyarre
 Gloria Tamerre Petyarre
          
Language:      Anmatyerre
Region:         

Utopia 

Date of Birth:   c1945

Content: Gloria paints several dreamtime stories such as Pencil Yam, Bean, Emu and Mountain Devil Lizard and Bush Medicine Leaves. In recent years she has mainly been painting the Mountain Devil Lizard and Bush Medicine Leaves designs. In Bush Medicine Leaves she depicts the leaves of a special plant that is used to aid in the healing process. Women collect these leaves from around Utopia and then boil them to extract resin which can be mixed with Kangaroo fat to be stored and used later. The resulting medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and also acts as an insect repellent.


Gloria Tamerre Petyarre is a very special artist, being one of the founding members of the Utopia Women's Batik Group established in the 1970's. In the early 1980's Gloria did her first painting on canvas. In 1995 she received a full fellowship grant from the ATSIC Board of The Australia Council. In 1999 she won the Wynne Prize from the Art Gallery of NSW.

Selected Collections:

  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Robert Holmes a Court Collection
  • Singapore Art Museum
  • British Museum, London

She has also had many solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas.

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Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka

Language: Pintupi
Region: Walangurru (Kintore) NT
Date of Birth: c1946

Content: Walangkura mainly paints traditional designs depicting sacred women's sites and sacred women's ceremonies associated with the Kintore area.

Selected Collections:

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Art Bank, Sydney
  • Richard Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

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Barney Campbell  Tjakamarra

Language: Pintupi and Ngaanyatjara
Region: Walangurru (Kintore) NT
Date of Birth: c1928 (deceased 2006)

Content: Generally paints geometric iconography associated with the Tingari Cycle stories from around the Lake MacDonald area.

Selected Collections:

  • Aboriginal Galleries of Australia, Melbourne
  • Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery, Alice Springs
  • Jinta Desert Art Gallery, Sydney

Selected exhibitions:

  • 2001 Icons of Australian Aboriginal Art, Singapore
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Kathleen Petyarre

Kathleen Petyarre

Language: Anmatyerre/Alyawarre
Region: Utopia, Northern Territory; Adelaide South Australia.
Date of Birth: c1940

Content: Mainly paints designs that refer directly to her country and her Dreamings, including women hunting, bush seeds, and is renowned for her painting of the Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming. Her art features a layering technique with intricate dotting.

Selected Collections: 

  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Art Bank, Sydney
  • Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
  • Richard Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
  • Levi Kaplan Collection, Seattle Washington, USA

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George (Hairbrush) Tjungurrayi

George (Hairbrush) Tjungurrayi

Language: Pintupi
Region: Jupiter Well (WA), Kintore (NT)
Date of Birth: c1947

Content: George began painting in Papunya in 1976 and has become one the most significant and sought after artists from this region. George's paintings mainly depict sacred sites located in his ancestral country associated with the Tingari Cycle.

Selected Collections: 

  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Holmes a Court collection
  • Groninger Museum, The Netherlands
  • Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
  • Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

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Walala Tjapaltjarri

 Walala Tjapaltjarri

Language: Pintupi
Region: Kiwirrkurra (WA)
Date of Birth: c1969

In 1984 Walala and his family were amongst a group of people who walked from the desert and made their first contact with present-day society.

Content: Walala mainly depicts sacred ceremonies and sites located in his ancestral country associated with the Tingari cycle. Many of his paintings describe the journeys of his ancestors during the Dreamtime.

Selected Collections: 

  • Flinders University, Adelaide
  • Kaplan and Levi Collection, Seattle, USA
  • Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
  • AMP Collection
  • Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

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Evelyn Pultara

Evelyn Pultara

Language: Anmatyarre
Region: Utopia
Date of Birth: c1940

Content: Evelyn was born with the bush yam as her totem. This was an important source of food for the Anmatyarre people. Evelyn's paintings depict the root system and the edible tubers of the bush yam plant.

Evelyn won the 2005 Telstra (NTTSIA) Art Award for one of her paintings depicting the Bush (pencil) Yam.

 

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Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye

Language: Anmatyerre 
Region: Utopia 
Date of Birth: c1928

Kudditji Kngwarreye is the younger brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye. He is an Anmatyerre elder and custodian of many important Dreamings. 

Content: Kudditji began painting his Emu Dreaming using a precise dotting style. He then moved to painting the more abstract "My Country" style paintings which feature blocks of saturated colour. This style was similar to that of Emily, however, it is not clear who began painting this style first. Due to demand for his earlier works Kudditji returned to the dotting style. In 2003, however, Kudditji began exhibiting the "My Country" style, which saw him rise to international stardom.

Exhibitions: 

  • 1990 Art Dock, Noumea
  • 1992 Museum for Volkerkunde, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1999 Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne, Victoria
  • 2004 Japingka Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
  • 2005 Colours in Country, Art Mob, Hobart, Tasmania

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Jake Tjapaltjarri James

Jake Tjapaltjarri James

Language: Pintupi
Region: Kiwirrkura
Date of Birth: c1970

Jake Tjapaltjarri James is the son of outstanding artist, George (Hairbrush) Tjungurrayi.

Content: Like his father, Jake's paintings primarily depict sacred sites associated with the Tingari Cycle. They are situated along the early journey paths of the Tingari Ancestors. The Tingari Ancestors shaped and impacted on the landscape of Jake's homelands.
 

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 Michael Nelson Jagamarra

Michael Nelson Jagamarra

Language: Walpiri
Region: Papunya
Date of Birth: c1946

Also known as Michael Nelson Tjakamarra, he is one of Australia's most prominent and prolific artists.

Content: Michael is renowned for including more than one dreaming in one painting and has continued to change his style over the years to include many different and bold colours but has continued to paint the dreamings associated with his Walpiri culture.

Collections:

In 1987, a painting by Michael Neslon Jagamarra was installed in the Sydney Opera House and in 1989 he was commissioned to paint a BMW car, which was exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Exhibitions:

Michael Nelson Jagamarra has had many solo exhibitions and his works are held in all major Australian Galleries including:

  • The National Gallery of Australia
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Art Gallery of South Australia

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Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle

Language: Anmatyerre/Alyawarre
Region: Utopia
Date of Birth: c1920 (deceased 2006)

Content: Minnie was one of the most significant artists of recent times. Her paintings depict the ceremonial body paint designs worn by the women of her country. She was renowned for her use of colour and the free-flowing lines used throughout her work.

Selected Collections: 

  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • AMP Collection

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Peg Leg Tjampitjinpa

Peg Leg Tjampitjinpa

Language: Pintupi
Region: Yuendumu, Yamunturrngu (Mt Liebig), Nyirrpi
Date of Birth: c1920 (deceased 2006)

Content: Peg Leg's works are reiniscent of works by the very early Papunya Tula artists of the early 1970's. They were usually painted in red, black and white and focused primarily on Tingari designs.

Exhibitions:

2000 Papunya Tula - Genesis and Genius', Art Gallery of NSW

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