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REDOT FINE ART GALLERY in conjunction with Spinifex Arts Project presents

Spinifex Tjukurpa

14 t h May - 21 s t June 2014

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Salt Lake Country, Spinifex Source: Š Louise Allerton


Empty Paint Pots in Tjuntjuntjara Source: Š Spinifex Arts


“ People paint their ngura (homeland) so that those of their close family who might not have visited Country can view the paintings and understand the Tjukurrpa from the shapes of the paintings.� Richard Brooks Senior Traditional Owner and painter Tjuntjuntjara, Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia, June 2012


Spinifex Tjukurpa The ReDot Fine Art Gallery is very proud to welcome the first ever exhibition in Singapore for the Spinifex Arts Project. Hailing from Tjuntjuntjara this incredibly remote community from the southern part of the Great Victoria Desert, where today some of the most significant Indigenous oeuvres are being produced, will be exhibited in to coincide and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the ReDot Fine Art Gallery’s opening its doors in the Lion City. The Spinifex Arts Project was established in 1997 as part of the ‘Native Title’ documentation process. Both native title paintings, a men’s and women’s collaborative work, documented the entire Spinifex area showing claimants birthplaces and important stories that traversed and gave form to the area. These paintings were formally included in the preamble to the ‘Native Title’ agreement which was ratified before the Federal Court in November 2000. To celebrating the success of the land claim process the Spinifex People bequeathed ten major paintings to the People of W.A. to be housed at the Western Australian Museum and so as they say an art centre was born. Spinifex Tjukurpa will showcase over 30 outstanding recent works, including major collaborative’s by both the men and women of the project; retaining many of the core values and elements of the early land claim works whilst challenging the viewer to question previously held notions of Indigenous art and its position within today’s fast and modern

Tjuntjuntjara after the Rain Source: © Brian Hallett


contemporary art world. Typically large meandering canvases tell of complex, yet fundamental, stories of ownership and land rights fused with whimsical stories of creation handed from generation to generation. The Spinifex artists continue to paint traditional stories and document kinship responsibilities and these works have become widely known in the fine art world as some of the most important modern contemporary Indigenous art pieces being produced today. This growing reputation is also gaining international acclaim and the works are now housed within major art and museum collections both in Australia and overseas, with recent acquisitions by the British Museum making headlines and a major show in Germany in 2013. This exhibition showcasing works by old master such as Fred Grant, Ned Grant, Roy Underwood, Estelle Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods and Lawrence Pennington, to mention but a few, opens on Wednesday, 14th May and runs till Saturday, 21st June 2014 and it is a must-see for anyone interested in following the development of modern contemporary Indigenous art, from one of the Aboriginal art movements most remote, refreshing and innovative art centres.

Giorgio Pilla Director ReDot Fine Art Gallery


Four senior Spinifex men: Roy Underwood, Simon Hogan, Fred Grant and Lennard Walker have collaborated in this major work of Pukara. The Wati Kutjara Tjukurpa is one of the most important and extensive stories from the Western Desert region and has played a major role in the formation, character and religious significance of the entire Spinifex area. (Full Story on Request)


Various Spinifex Artists (MEN’S COLLABORATIVE)

Pukara Acrylic on Canvas 200 x 330cm 13295


Men’s Collaborative Work 13295 in Progress


Source: Š Spinifex Arts


Five senior Spinifex men, Simon Hogan, Fred Grant, Ned Grant, Lawrence Pennington and Roy Underwood have collaborated on this major work depicting the ancestral beings at Mulaya. (Full Story on Request)


Various Spinifex Artists (MEN’S COLLABORATIVE)

Mulaya Acrylic on Canvas 199.5 x 315cm 14004


Men’s Collaborative Work 14004 in Progress


Source: Š Spinifex Arts


Various Spinifex Artists (WOMEN’S COLLABORATIVE)

Kungkarangkalpa Acrylic on Linen 233 x 197cm 13334

Six senior Spinifex women, Anne Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods, Yarangka Thomas, Estelle Hogan, Ngalpingka Simms and Myrtle Pennington have painted country associated with their birthplaces and the Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) songline. This is an epic Tjukurpa which covers vast tracts of land depicted here in the Spinifex claim area although the Tjukurpa actually travels much further afield. (Full Story on Request)


Women’s Collaborative Work 13334 in Progress


Source: Š Spinifex Arts


Byron BROOKS

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/07/1951 Pitjantjatjara Tjuntala Tjuntjuntjara

Byron was born in the Great Victoria Desert and grew up traversing his parent's country with his extended family. As a child Byron was taught where water was to be found, how to utilise climatic conditions and how to navigate from place to place in order to survive. As with the majority of the Spinifex people Byron's family were pushed towards the SW of their country in the 1950's as a major drought gripped the country and the British began nuclear testing at Maralinga.Tragically some Spinifex people perished during this frightening and confusing time. However, family groups moved to the mission of Cundeelee where they existed for about twenty five years maintaining a semi nomadic lifestyle. In the early 1980's a core group of Spinifex people including Byron moved back west into their country making camp first at Yakatunya north of the Nularbor and later establishing the community of Tjuntjuntjara where the group lives today. Byron is an enthusiastic member of the Spinifex Arts Project and has been painting since 1997 when the project commenced. Byron is quite an experimental painter and is developing a unique and successful style. Painting his homeland area which he knows intimately Byron cites the following places; Tjuntjalla, Tjawarr, wawartju, Kulapi, Ilkurlka, Warlpirltjara, Tjukurlpa, Mirramirratjara, Pulitjii, Kanguu, Pina, Amantju, Muyu, Pirarpi, Kulapi, Tjuntala, Wayara, Tuwan, Tarantjara, Ilkaru, Tjimara, Kanmurtja, Paupiyala, Kapi Piti Kutjara, Kuru Ala, Puyu, Minga and Kamantjii. This is an area which covers many hundreds of kilometres in central and northern Spinifex country.


Group Exihibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery,Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 2012 Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. 2000 Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections Gavan Fox Collection, Adelaide. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative). The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia. (Men's Collaborative). Collection Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein, Embassy of Liechtenstein in Germany. The Corrigan Collection, Australia (Men's Collaborative).

Awards 2008 Finalist: W.A. Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A. (Men's Collaborative).


Byron BROOKS

Wati Kutjara Acrylic on Linen 110 x 83cm 13212

Nyangatja Wati Kutjara pula Pukaralanguru munu ngura tjuta ankupai ka ngura kutjupa kutjupa pula inma inkanyi ka Tjukurpa kutjupa palyani ka ngura kutjupa kutjupa ini nganala Tjulyana ka kapi kutjupa ini Mituna ka kapi kutjupa ini Piripi ka kapi kutjupa ini Karnkanya ka kutjupa kapi palatja Pukura. This painting is depicting the sites from the Two Men Creation story. The two men have come from a place called Pukara. This is all of the country and rockholes they visited on their Journey and at each site they performed some sacred dancing and made a story associated with each site. The major sites are Tulunya, Mituna, Piripi, Karnkanya and Pukara.


Byron BROOKS

Kangunya Acrylic on Linen 110 x 83cm 13332

Nyangatja ngura ini Kangunya ngayuku kamuruku ngura ka kutjupa ngura nyanga Mituna kapi piti kutjara ka wati kutjara Pukaralanguru Mulyayalakutu ka ngura kutjupa Karnkanya munu Mirpanya ngayuku kultuku ngura ka uwa mulapa ngura winki ila Tjuntjuntjara. This painting is depicting the major site at Kangunya. This is my uncle’s country. Also shown here is the site of Mituna where the Two Men from Pukara passed on their way to Mulaya. Other major sites shown are Karnka and Mirpanya, that’s my big brothers country. There are many sites close to Tjuntjuntjara.


Fred GRANT

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

01/01/1943 Pitjantjatjara Ukatjatjara Tjuntjuntjara

Fred Grant was born at Ukatjatjara c.1943, a site in the remote Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia. A southern Pitjantjatjara man, Fred grew up with his parents and small family group following ceremonial cycles and surviving by traditional methods. Around the 1950's Fred came into Cundeelee Mission as young initiated man where he lived with extended family for about twenty five years. In the eighties Fred returned to country with older people setting up camp at Yakadunya, later developing a community at Tjuntjuntjara. Fred is married to Carlene West also an artist and singer and has one son and many grandchildren. Fred has travelled widely in Australia and overseas including Germany in 2002, performing with the theatre company Black Swan along with a number of other Spinifex Artists. In 2005 Fred travelled to London and Utrecht in the Netherlands for a Spinifex Artists Exhibition. A senior custodian for his country and knowledgeable about vast tracts of country and Tjukurpa Fred is renowned for his singing in traditional ceremonies.

Group Exihibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T. (Men's Collaborative). 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 2012 Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne.


2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. 2010 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2009 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria. 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2008 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 2007 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle. 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T. 2006 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A. 'Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2005 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Mob' Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England. 2004 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. 2003 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic. 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour. 2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. 'Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour. 2000 Pila Nguru.


Collections W. & V. McGeoch Collection, Melbourne. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative). The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T. (Men's Collaborative). The Corrigan Collection, Australia (Men's Collaborative). Harriett & Richard England Collection. Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Men’s Collaborative).

Awards 2010 Finalist 30th Telstra Art Award (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards) as part of Men's Collaborative. 2008 Finalist: W.A. Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A. (Men's Collaborative).


Fred GRANT

Kulpitjara Acrylic on Linen 195 x 132cm 13252

Ka nyangatja kapi piti mankurpa ini Kulpitjara Ilkurka munkara ka kapi piti kutjupa ini Pirilyi ka panya nyangatja minyma tjutaku ngura ka palaru tjana inma inkanyi ka kapi kutjupa ini Makuratjara ka ngura panya kuka nyulu nyinanyi ka Wati Nyulu wiyaringu ka kapi kutjupa kai tjukurla tjuta. This painting is showing the three main waterholes for Kulpitjara that is up past Ilkurlka. Other sites of significance shown here are Pirilyi which is a site for the Seven Sisters story and where all those women were dancing and singing. Also shown here is the rockhole named Makuratjara and it is the site of the Golden Bandicoot Man where he passed away.


Fred GRANT

Ukuratjara Munu Mituna Acrylic on Linen 180 x 122cm 13197

Nyangatja ngura kutjara ka Ukuratjara munu Mituna ka nyangatja ngura Ukuratjara Minyma Tjutaka Tjukurpa munu kapi piti kutjara ka palatja ngura kutjupa Mituna ka Wati Kuur- Kurrpa Tjukurpa ka wati kutju nyinanyi ngaltultjara. This painting is showing two areas of my country. Firstly Ukuratjara which comprises two waterholes and is an important creation site of the Seven Sister’s story. There is also depicted here the country of Mituna, an important creation site for the Boobook Owl Man. This story tells of the man who sits alone all of the time and we feel sorry for him.


Ned GRANT

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

10/07/1941 Pitjantjatjara Mulpula Tjuntjuntjara

Ned Grant is a senior traditional owner of a large area of Spinifex Country in the Great Victoria Desert, W.A. He was born at Mulpula, a rock hole in this region sometime around 1941, his exact date of birth is unknown. He lived a fully traditional nomadic life in this area with his immediate family until the Maralinga nuclear testing forced the family to move. Coming into Cundeelee Mission around the 1960's with his family Ned maintained a semi nomadic life between the mission and the bush. In the early eighties a core group of elders moved back into country further into their homelands eventually establishing the settlement of Tjuntjuntjara, 800 kms NE of Kalgoorlie. Ned has been painting with the Spinifex Artists since its beginning in 1997 and has been included in major exhibitions nationally and internationally. Ned is renowned for his active singing and dancing roles in traditional ceremonies.

Group Exihibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.


2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. 2010 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. ''Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and National Tour. 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, N.T. 2009 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria. 2008 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne 2007 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle. 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2006 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A. Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. 'Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2005 'Spinifex Mob' Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England. 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2004 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. 2003 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T. 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic. 2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour. 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.


2001 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T. Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T. 2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections The British Museum, London, England.(Men's Collaborative). Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative). National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T. (Men's Collaborative). The Corrigan Collection, Australia (Men's Collaborative). Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Men’s Collaborative).

Awards 2013 Finalist 30th Telstra Art Award (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards). 2008 Finalist: W.A. Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A. (Men's Collaborative).


Nyangatja ngura kapi piti Mulaya ka liru Tjuta ka Tjuntun tjiti pulkaringu ka punu Tjuta ini Piralpi ngapari Tjuta muntjini mai wiru ka kutjupa wanampi kutju Ilpililanguru ka paluru kulpitjara nyinanyi This painting depicts the rockhole of Mulaya, a place where many snakes live. Also shown here is a place called Tjuntun. I was at this place when I was a young boy and grew up

here. All over this painting are the trees called Piralpi (a variety of eucalyptus) and the leaves have a white crust of sweet nectar. There is one Water Serpent Man represented here. He is from a place called Ilpili and lives in a cave there. Ned is a senior Spinifex man and has painted country where he grew up although the specific details of cultural material within is


Ned GRANT

miil-miilpa (dangerously sacred) and cannot be spoken about in any detail. Ned specifically mentions Mulaya and Ilpili where water is held by Wanampi (Water Snakes) which although dangerous can be placated by the owners of the area through specific ritual and custom.

Mulaya Acrylic on Linen 138 x 195cm 13298


Ned GRANT

Tjarutja Acrylic on Linen 75 x 60cm 13297

Nyangatja tjarutja mai wata punu ka punu panya tali pulkana pakani ka ngur ini Kurakura ka kutjupa ngura ini Mintul. This painting is showing tjuratja a sweet substance found on some trees. These trees only grow in the sandhills. The place here is called Kurkura and also Mintul.


Anne HOGAN

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/07/1945 Pitjantjatjara Tjulapi Tjuntjuntjara

Anne Hogan is a senior Spinifex woman born at Tjulapi rockhole around 1945 in the Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia. Like many Spinifex people of the time Anne walked in from the desert to Cundeelee Mission to escape a long period of drought as well as British nuclear testing at Maralinga. Anne along with her husband, children and other family members left the mission for long periods during ceremonial cycles and to perform cultural responsibility to country. In the early eighties when a core group of older people moved back to country and set up camp at Yakadunya just north of the Nullarbor Plain Anne moved also with her family. Anne also lived at Kalka in the APY Lands when she remarried and moved to her husband's country. Anne joined the Spinifex artists around 2001 travelling with the group on painting trips out bush to record and document her extensive knowledge of the Spinifex area particularly where she was born and grew up as a young girl. This knowledge has proved invaluable when Anne works on Women's Collaborative works where sacred sites in the Western Desert are discussed and recorded in paint such as the Seven Sisters. Anne is a meticulous painter with a well refined sense of colour and composition and has works in both private and public institutions.

Group Exihibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Women's Collaborative). 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.


2013 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch touring exhibition Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 2012 'Tupun Nguranguru: People of the Sandhill Country' - Spinifex Arts Project 15th Anniversary Exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, VIC. 'The Bright, The Bold & The Beautiful: A Vibrant and Colourful Celebration of Indigenous Australian Women', Cooee Gallery, Sydney N.S.W. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. 2011 Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 'Living Water', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. 2010 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and National Tour. 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Artists Survey Show', Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2009 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists',Ab-Original Gallery, Linz, Austria. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A (Women’s Collaborative). 2008 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 2007 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T. 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2006 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A. 'Spinifex Artists Ten Years On', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2005 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Mob' Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.


2005 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England. 2004 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria. 2003 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic. 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour. 2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T. Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T. 2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. (as part of the Women's Collaborative). The Corrigan Collection, Australia. (Women's Collaborative). The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. S.A. The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia. Seattle Art Museum,Seattle, USA (Women's Collaborative). Collection of Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein, Embassy of Liechtenstein in Germany. Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Women’s Collaborative).

Awards 2009 Finalist W.A Indigenous Art Award.


Anne HOGAN

Tjulabi Acrylic on Belgian Linen 166 x 133cm C1044

Anne was born at Tjulabi in the Great Victoria Desert. Tjulabi is a Wati Kutjara (Father and Son snake) place, relating to the story of Pukera which ranges right across and beyond the Spinifex area chasing and ultimately capturing a Wanampi (Water Snake). Based at Tjulabi this painting shows the rockholes of Tjawa, Kalyka, Piltijara, Warawarta, Apubulu, Baltatajara, Miramiratjara, Mamutu, Karnka, Torlu and Tjutapilyuru. Anne has a vast knowledge of Spinifex Country and tjukurpa. She has shown in the painting that this is sandhill country.


Estelle HOGAN

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

10/07/1937 Pitjanjatjara Paltatatjara Tjuntjuntjara

Estelle is a senior Spinifex woman who has been a dedicated painter since the beginning of the Spinifex Arts Project in 1997. Estelle was born in the bush c.1937 and spent the first part of her life living a traditional hunter gatherer with her family in the Great Victoria Desert. In Spinifex culture responsibility for country comes with the place of birth and for Estelle this place is Paltaltjara. Paltatjara is Mirrl-Mirrl (Sacred Country) and can only be discussed in very general terms. Estelle notes that some of the major stories from Spinifex country intersect in and around Paltaltjara including Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters), Wati Kutjara (Two Men), Kalaya (Emu), Warluwarru (Eagle) and Kipara (Turkey). As with most of the Spinifex people Estelle was temporarily dislocated from her homelands due to the British Nuclear tests around Maralinga in the 1950's. She moved to Cundeelee Mission further to the west but later returned to country with a core group of people and continues to reside in traditional country at Tjuntjuntjara. Estelle is a highly esteemed and knowledgeable desert woman, an invaluable member and contributor to the Spinifex Arts Project.

Group Exihibitions 2013 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch touring exhibition Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Women's Collaborative). 2012 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.


2012 'The Bright, The Bold & The Beautiful: A Vibrant and Colourful Celebration of Indigenous Australian Women', Cooee Gallery, Sydney N.S.W. 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. 2010 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Desert Country', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and national tour. 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and National Tour. 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, N.T. 2009 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria. Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A. (Women’s Collaborative). 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Generation Next', Randall Lane Gallery, Perth, W.A. 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W. 2008 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2007 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle. 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T. 2006 'Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A. 2005 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England. 2004 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. 2003 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic. 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.


2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour. 2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T. Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T. 2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia. The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A (Women's Collaborative). Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. The Corrigan Collection, Australia. (Women's Collaborative). The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia. Collection Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein, Embassy of Liechtenstein in Germany. Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Women’s Collaborative).

Awards 2009 Finalist (as part of the Women’s Collaborative), Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A.


Estelle HOGAN

Paltatatjara Acrylic on Linen 136 x 90cm 13271

Nyangatja kapi piti Paltatatjara ka Minyma Tjuta nyinanyi ka wati nyiiru kumpini ka nyanga ngura minyma tjuta Tjukurpa Port Augustalakutu anu ka kapi kutjupa kutjupa Minga ka Ankinya ka Kulangnga ka Tjuntjun ka Kuruala. This is Paltatatjara, an important place for the Minyma Tjuta Tjukurpa (Seven Sisters Creation Story). The women are sitting here while Wati Nyiiru (Cheeky Man) is hiding. The story of the Seven Sisters eventually travels south to Port Augusta. The other waterholes within this painting are Tjuntjun, Minga, Ankinya, Kulangnga and Kuru Ala. Estelle has painted the area where she was born centred on Paltatatjara. Paltatatjara is an important place not only for the Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters) story but also a number of other Dreaming stories that cannot be elaborated in detail but include the Wati Kutjara (Two Men) and Kalaya (Emu) story. Because Estelle is the senior owner of a place that has special significance for both men and women, documentation and detail of the paintings is carefully defined and public interpretation involves a level of ‘assumed’ knowledge.


Simon HOGAN

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/07/1930 Pitjantjatjara Paltju Tjuntjuntjara

Simon Hogan was born at a place called Paltju in the Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia in the early 1930s. During childhood two fathers, one born at Warakunu and the other at Munki raised Simon. Simon’s mother’s country is around Tjulya. The Spinifex people were a relatively discreet southern Pitjantjatjara tribal group with ties to the north and east that lived a fully traditional hunter-gatherer life until the late1950’s to early 1960s when most people either walked in to Ooldea and Cundeelee or were taken by AEM missionaries to Cundeelee Mission. As a late teenager or nyiingka living in seclusion from Aboriginal society prior to initiation into manhood, Simon and an older brother made an epic journey from the Spinifex lands to a Christian Mission at Mt. Margaret. He traveled there via the frontier mining towns of Laverton and Leonora. The older brother chose to stay at Mt. Margaret and Simon returned to the Great Victoria Desert and initiation into manhood. Some time after initiation Simon travelled across the Serpentine Lakes into South Australia to find a wife. He married Inyika and they had two of their seven children in country before going to Cundeelee Mission around 1960. A second wife, Ngantiri, also traveled in with Simon’s family group. From 1995 Simon Hogan was a prominent member of a group of senior traditional owners from Spinifex country who lobbied the W.A State Government for Native Title. Although Simon spoke no English he was a confident, initiated Pitjantjatjara man who spoke to senior government officials regarding ownership of country and culture. Exclusive Native Title rights were granted to Simon Hogan and the Spinifex people in 2000 of over 55 000 sq kms of the Great Victoria Desert in W.A. In 1997 the Spinifex people began painting with acrylic paints on canvas, painting traditional stories using this contemporary medium. Simon again took a leading working with intense concentration and focus to translate Tjukurpa (stories or mythologies) into public artworks. The Spinifex people also produced collaborative works two of which, men’s’ and women’s’, were used in the preamble to the successful Spinifex Native Title claim. Over the years Simon Hogan’s enthusiasm and focus for painting on linen has not diminished. His status as a painter in his own community and on a national and international level has steadily increased over


these years making him one of the most sought after Spinifex artists. His works feature in many public and private collections. Simon Hogan, now in his early 80's is a keen traveller and has travelled widely in Australia to accompany many Spinifex exhibitions including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and has travelled overseas to London and the Netherlands. In 2009 Simon traveled to Linz, Austria to be an Artist in Residence during the 2009, Linz Cultural Capital of Europe Exposition. Simon is a tireless ambassador for Spinifex custom and culture and continues to promote the high quality profile work for which the Spinifex artists are renown.

Group Exihibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Men's Collaborative). 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. 2011 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. 'Uwankara – Whole lot of Everything: Paintings from the APY/NPY Lands and Spinifex Country 2002-2011', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 2010 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, N.T. 'Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and national tour. 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2009 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria. 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.


2008 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A. (Men’s Collaborative). 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 2007 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T. 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle. 2006 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A. Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. 2005 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands. 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. Pila Nguru-Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands Coo-ee Arts, Sydney Desert Mob Show Araluen Galleries. 'Spinifex Mob' Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W. 2004 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. National Gallery of Victoria Harbour House gallery, Zurich; Short St Gallery, Broome. 2003 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T. 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic. 2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour. 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T. Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T. 2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.


Collections National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde, Munich, Germany. British Museum, London, England. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative). Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A. The Patrick Corrigan Collection, Sydney, New South Wales. W. & V. McGeoch Collection. Harriet and Richard England Collection. The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia. Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Men’s Collaborative).

Awards 2013 Finalist 30th Telstra Art Award (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards) as part of Men's Collaborative. 2008 Finalist: W.A. Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A.


Simon HOGAN

Lingka Acrylic on Linen 198 x 137cm 13249

Nyangatja kapi piti ngayuku ngura ngura pulka Spinifexku ngura ngayulu ninti ka nyangatja Lingkanya ka walawuruku ngura ka Mantapi ka Untinyuman nyanga Karnka ku Tjukurpa ka kutjupa Walawalatjara ka Kutjupa Tjining ka punu nyanga wanari ka ngura tjuta munu Tjukurpa tjuta ka ngayulu ninti. This painting is depicting my country and the waterholes of significance within my country. This is all Spinifex country and I am knowledgeable about all of the significant places shown here Lingka, that’s the site of the Wedge Tail Eagle Creation story and Mantapi and Untinyuman that a site for the Crow Creation story and another rockhole here is Tjining and Walawalatjara. The trees on the painting are Mulga trees. All of these places have Creation Stories associated with them and I know all of these stories. Simon is a senior initiated man, born in this area and came into contact with white people around the 1950’s. He is highly regarded for his knowledge of country recently leading people to a rockhole that hadn’t been visited for around forty years.


Simon HOGAN

Lingka Piripi Mantapi and Tjining Acrylic on Linen 180 x 122cm 13220

Nyangatja kapi piti ngayuku ngura ngura pulka Spinifexku ngura ngayulu ninti ka nyangatja Lingkanya, Pirapi, ka Mantapi kaTjiningnya ngura winki ngayulu Tjukurpa ninti. This painting is depicting my country and the waterholes of significance within my country. This is all Spinifex country and I am knowledgeable about all of the significant places shown here Lingka and Pirapi and Mantapi and Tjining. All of these places have Creation Stories assocciated with them and I know all of theses stories. Simon Hogan has combined two elements in his painting here where Wanari (Mulga) tree surrounds the roundels which represent rockholes. These rockholes are the location for an important Tjukurpa involving a powerful minyma wanampi (serpent woman) and a boy called Wirinpa. In Spinifex country certain species of tree signify the presence of Tjukurpa. When travelling through country, an isolated outcrop of one species of tree or a rocky outcrop often means signifies Tjukurpa at that site. Simon is a senior initiated man, born in this area and came into contact with white people around the 1950’s. His knowledge of country is highly regarded.


Lawrence PENNINGTON

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

10/07/1934 Pitjantjatjara Urlu Tjuntjuntjara

Lawrence is a senior traditional owner who was born in the Great Victoria Desert at a place called Urlu in 1934. During the 1950's when the British were undergoing Nuclear testing on Australian soil Lawrence like many Spinifex people were affected by the "bomb" and were forced to move west towards Kalgoorlie. Many people drifted to the mission of Cundeelee which was set up by an American missionary Bob Stewart. Lawrence first entered the mission with his family as a young man and met up with many other relatives. At Cundeelee Lawrence was introduced to European people who gave him clothing and foods such as sugar, flour and tobacco. In the eighties the Spinifex People were moved away from the mission to a cattle station called Coonana where they established a new base for themselves. A community was set up at Coonana but most of the old people moved eastwards back to their homelands. Lawrence moved between Coonana and Yakatunya for the next 15 years. He has been painting with the Spinifex Arts Project since 1999 and lives at Tjuntjuntjara Community with his extended family.

Group Exihibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Men's Collaborative). 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.


2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, W.A. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. 2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. Wagner and Owen Collection (USA). Richard and Harriet England Collection. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative). W. & V. McGeoch Collection. The Corrigan Collection, Australia (Men's Collaborative). National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T. (Men's Collaborative). Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.


Lawrence PENNINGTON

Pitaltji Acrylic on Linen 136 x 91cm 13291

Nyangatja ngura kapi piti pulkana ini Pitaltji ka panya wati kutjaraPukaralanguru katja tjarpanu ka palaru pikatjara. This painting is showing the large rockhole of Pitaltji. This is where that son from the Two Men, a father and son, both who came from Pukara, entered this rockhole after becoming injured.


Lawrence PENNINGTON

Pukara Acrylic on Linen 110 x 83cm 13276

Lawrence has painted Pukara, which is a major Spinifex site on the northern boundary of the Spinifex Lands. From Pukara Two Men (Wati Kutjara), a father and a son travel across the country on initiation business. As a child the son was teased and grew up to have a menacing look in his eyes. The people were scared and appealed to the father to take him away as he had become dangerous. One day the son arose early and in the morning fog and set a trap for the people, luring them in close with the smell of kaliny-kalinypa and ultultkunpa, sweet foods. As people came close the son ate them. To this day people approach the rock hole here with great care making sure the snakes are settled down with smoke first. Lawrence Pennington is a senior initiated man from Spinifex country. At the time of Lawrence’s birth in the early 1930’s, his people, the Spinifex people had no contact with Western civilization. Lawrence grew up as a young boy living a fully traditional hunter-gatherer life. His initiations as a young man in this country have given Lawrence intimate knowledge in a physical as well as a spiritual sense of the sites and stories of the area he was born and responsible for. Lawrence’s works possess a rare power that stem from this deep connection to culture and country.


Nyangatja kapi piti ini Tjatu ka ngura nyanga ila Nyuman ka Walawuruku Tjukurpa ka nyangatja kutjupa kapi piti Kutjutu ka kapi kutjupa kutjupa kapi tjukurla. This painting is showing the rockhole of Tjatu. Tjatu is close to Nyuman which is the creation story for the wedge tail eagle. Also shown here is another major rockhole called Kutjutu and then all the others are smaller ones that fill up after rains.

Tjatu Acrylic on Linen 75 x 60cm 13265 (sold with 13266)


Lawrence PENNINGTON

Nyangatja Kulpitjara pulingka ka kapi piti tjukurla tjuta ka ngayuku ngura tjitji pulkaringanyi kangura tjuta tjina ankupai. This painting is showing Kulpitjara a cave that sits in a rocky hillside. It is surrounded by small rockholes that fill up after rains. I grew up in this country and walked around here when I was a boy.

Kulitjara Acrylic on Linen 76 x 60cm 13266 (sold with 13265)


Lawrence PENNINGTON

Pukara Acrylic on Linen 75 x 60cm 13232

Lawrence is senior Spinifex man who has painted the country where he was born and some of the significant sites in the surrounding country such as Pukara. Pukara is a major Spinifex site and has the story of Wati Kutjara or the "Two Men" running through it. These are Wanampi, mythical Serpent Men. Here he has depicted the father who awoke to find his son has gone. The father was concerned for the well being of his son who was known for being aggressive and unpredictable.


Lawrence PENNINGTON

Mituna Acrylic on Linen 75 x 60cm 13312

Lawrence has painted his area of Mituna where he was born. Mituna is too sacred to discuss publically but it can be said it relates to the Wati Kutjara (Two Men Story) where the "son snake" is seen to be drinking a sweet substance made from Tjuratja (sweet substance found on trees).


Lawrence PENNINGTON

Pukara Acrylic on Linen 75 x 60cm 13274

Lawrence has painted Pukara, which is a major Spinifex site on the northern boundary of the Spinifex Lands. At Pukara, Two Men (Wati Kutjara), a father and a son travel across the country, their presence is a powerful one. As a child the son was teased and grew up to have a menacing look in his eyes. The people were scared and appealed to the father to take him away as he had become dangerous. One day the son arose early and in the morning fog to set a trap for the people, luring them in close with the sound and smell of Kalyinpa-kalyinpa and ultultkunpa, sweet foods. As people came close the son ate them. To this day people approach the rockhole here with great care making sure the snakes are settled down with smoke first.


Myrtle PENNINGTON

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/07/1939 Pitjantjatjara Kanpa Tjuntjuntjara

Myrtle is a senior Spinifex woman who was born in the Great Victoria Desert and grew up with her small family group. Myrtle was born at Kanpa and it is this place that she has traditional ties to and custodianship over. In the 1950's during the British Nuclear testing program Myrtle and her small family group witnessed the "great black cloud" and were forced to move further to the south west away from the "poison." The country was also at the time in the grip of a drought and Myrtle like most of the Spinifex people moved to Cundeelee Mission. Still living a mainly traditional life but introduced to western food rations Myrtle first saw white people, put on clothes and saw the Trans Continental railway line to the south where many desert people had travelled to for food rations. Myrtle is a highly knowledgable desert woman who lives at Tjuntjuntjara, back in traditional Spinifex country. She has been an invaluable member of the Spinifex Arts Project since 1997 keenly participating in both collaborative works and solo works where she paints her "ngura" (homelands).

Group Exhibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. 2010 Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC (Women's Collaborative).


2010 'Desert Country', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. And national tour. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. 2000 Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A (Women's Collaborative). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. The Corrigan Collection, Australia. (Women's Collaborative). Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Women’s Collaborative).

Awards 2009 Finalist (as part of the Women’s Collaborative), Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A.


Myrtle PENNINGTON

Kanpa Acrylic on Linen 110 x 83cm 13331

Myrtle was born at a place called Kanpa deep within Spinifex Country. At Kanpa there are two large rockholes with sandhills and salt country near Wilkarpi and Tjawalpa (two soaks). A salt lake surrounded by stumpy trees and Mulpula (large sandhill) can be seen. Mulpula is where Myrtle’s umbilical cord fell off as a baby and therefore is greatly significant to Myrtle. Spinifex people are connected strongly to birthplace and the place where the umbilical cord comes off. Mulpula is the home of the Pitjitjarli or Scorpion story.


Myrtle PENNINGTON

Mulpulya Acrylic on Linen 75 x 60cm 13225

Nyangatja ngayuku ngura Mulpulya ka tjitji kulyunpa waltjatjara kapi kutjupa kutjupa ankupai. This is the country where I grew up and it is called Mulpulya. When I was a young child my family and I would walk from rockhole to rockhole. In the 1950’s Myrtle along with her family left their homelands due to the British Nuclear testing at Maralinga. Sadly Myrtle lost some of her family members during this time through sickness and lack of water when they left familiar territory. Myrtle has been painting with the Spinifex Arts Project since it began.


Patju PRESLEY

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/01/1945 Pitjantjatjara Itari Irrunytju and Tjuntjuntjara

Patju Presley was born in the 1940s at Itari, an important site close to the community settlement of Watarru in the Pitjantjatjara Lands of South Australia. He is a senior Pitjantjatjara Law man with great knowledge of the geography of the Western Desert and the associated Tjukurpa. His intimate knowledge of the country is directly related to survival in this beautiful but sometimes harsh environment learned from the generations of his ancestors who walked before him. Connections between the Land, the provider of food, water and shelter and the Tjukurpa a spiritual understanding of the world are finely interwoven in his paintings, creating works of an elegant abstraction. Each work related to a specific site or ancestoral being and are strongly based on his experience and perception of the Law and the Land.

Collections National Gallery of Australia. National Gallery of Victoria. Art Gallery of Western Australia.


Patju PRESLEY

Awiinya Acrylic on Linen 147 x 150cm 13224

Nyanagtja nguru ngayuku mamaku ngura waluwaraku ngura ka wati tjutaku ngura tjana iriti nyinanyi ka ngura kutjupa ila Makura Piti makuku ngura. This painting is of my father’s country. It is country associated with the wedge tail eagle. This site is where many men gather for ceremony. Close to here is the site called Makura Piti.


Patju PRESLEY

Kalaya Piti Acrylic on Linen 134 x 104cm 13211

Nyangatja Kalaya Piti ka kalaya Tjukurpa ka kulpi kutjara kalayaku wilttja ka minymaku wiltja minyma kalaya munu watiku wiltja wati kalaya ka nyupali Tipillangaru ka nyangatja kulpingka walka tjunanyi kalaya tjinaka irriti Annangu tjuta ngura palyanu. This painting is depicting part of the Emu Creation Story at the site of Kalaya Piti. It is here where there are two caves, one associated with the female emu and the other for the male emu. Both of these emus arrived at Kalaya Piti from a special place called Tipil. Inside the caves there are markings of emu footprints. In the early days Aboriginal people would stop and make camp here.


Ngalpingka SIMMS

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/07/1945 Ngaanyatjara Wayiyul Tjuntjuntjara

Ngalpingka Simms was born at a place in Western Australia known to Anangu (Aboriginal people) as Wayiyul. Wayiyul is a Seven Sister's site, situated to the north of Warburton Community, and is therefore a sacred site. Ngalpingka spent her early days living a traditional lifestyle with her small family group and later moved into Warburton Mission where many Ngaanyatjarra people settled. She spent many years at Warburton living a semi nomadic lifestyle and participating in traditional ceremony. Now living at Tjuntjuntjara and married to Spinifex elder Lennard Walker, Ngalpingka paints with the Spinifex Arts Project. She has participated with the Spinifex Artists since 1998 and is a valuable and knowledgeable member of the group who paints her homeland area associated with the Minyma Tjuta (Seven Sisters) as well as collaborative paintings.

Group Exhibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'New 3 - Selected recent acquisitions 2011-2013' University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Queensland. 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch touring exhibition Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 'The Women's Show' Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2012 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, W.A. 'Tupun Nguranguru: People of the Sandhill Country' - Spinifex Arts Project 15th Anniversary Exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, VIC. 2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 'The Women’s Show', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.


2010 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and National Tour. 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, N.T. 2009 'Generation Next', Randall Lane Gallery, Perth, W.A. 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A. (Women’s Collaborative). 2008 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle. 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T. 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A. 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 2005 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England. 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Mob' Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W. 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands. 2004 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. 2003 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T. 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, VIC. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour. 2001 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T. Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T. Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.


2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. 2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections Collection Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein, Embassy of Liechtenstein in Germay. The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. (as part of the Women's Collaborative). Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA (Women’s Collaborative). Seattle Art Museum, Seattle USA (Women’s Collaborative). University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD. The Sims Dickson Collection, N.S.W. (Collaborative with Kathleen Donegan). Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Women’s Collaborative).

Awards 2009 Finalist (as part of the Women’s Collaborative), Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A.


Ngalpingka SIMMS

Wayiyul Acrylic on Linen 136 x 91cm

13310

Ngalpingka has painted Wayiyul country associated with the Minyma Tjuta Tjukurpa (Seven Sister’s creation story). This country is close to Karilywara (Patjarr) in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia. It is where Ngalpingka was born and grew up living a traditional nomadic life with her family. She knows this country intimately, in both a physical and spiritual sense. Her knowledge of the country extends to the ancestral beings that created this landscape. Wayiyul is a Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sister’s) area which is a powerful and sacred Western Desert story pertaining to many woman’s groups. The sisters camped at Wayiyul as you can see by the semicircular motifs in the painting and were being followed by Nyiiru the lustful old man who was trying to take one of the women to be his wife, the elder sister. He has been stalking them camping some distance from where they stop and hiding behind his windbreak, poking his head over to take a look. The women are disturbed by his constant pursuing of them and quickly take off to camp away from him. They travel to (roundels are the sites) Karilywara, Miputjara, Tikarti, Yalarra and Tatja. At one point they come to a large tjintjira (a clay pan and swampy area).


Yarangka Elaine THOMAS

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/07/1939 Pitjanjatjara Ngalkuwitjara Tjuntjuntjara

Yarangka (Elaine) Thomas is a highly esteemed senior Spinifex woman born at Ngalkuwitjara about 1939. Yarangka is the custodian of Ngalkuritjara, a rockhole in Spinifex at which lies one of the more sacred Tjukurpa for the Spinifex people. At Ngalkuritjara the Kipara (Australian Bustard or bush turkey) Tjukurpa (story) passes through on its journey though many areas and which culminates at Eucla near the South Australian border. Yarangka began painting with the Spinifex Arts Project from its inception in 1997. Yarangka's knowledge of country and Tjukurpa add authority and depth to the Minyma Tjuta (Many Women’s) collaborative paintings which Spinifex women are well known for. She lives permanently at Tjuntjuntjara Community with her immediate and extended families.

Group Exhibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Women's Collaborative). 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. 2010 'Desert Country', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and national tour. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.


2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections The Lepley Collection, Perth, W.A. The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A (Women's Collaborative). Artbank, Australian. Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Women’s Collaborative).


Yarangka Elaine THOMAS

Ngalkuritjara Acrylic on Belgian Linen 164 x 133cm C1071

Ngalkuritjara is a large, flat claypan below the height of surrounding country, where reliable water can always be found by digging down into the clay. Ngalkuritja is aso the site of the Wati Kipara (Bush Turkey Man) Tjukurpa a secret and sacred story that travels from the north in Spinifex country all the way down to Eucla on the Southern coast.


Yarangka Elaine THOMAS

Ngalkuritjara Acrylic on Linen 136 x 90cm 13333

Itingarinyina Ngura Ngalkuritjara Tjuntjuntjara munkara kapi tjuta palangka. Minyma Tjuta Tjukurpa munuya kumpininguru wati Nyiru ka panya watingku kulataku munu miruku nyinanyi. I was born at this place Ngalkuritjara. It’s just to the north of Tjuntjuntjara and there are many waterholes here. The Seven Sisters are sitting inside a wind break hiding from the man called Nyiiru. He’s sitting away from them with his spear and throwing stick. Yarangka is a senior traditional owner of the area she was born called Ngalkuritjara. In this painting she depicts the Seven Sisters, a major Western Desert women’s story. You can see the sister’s sitting down marked by the half circles. The cheeky ’Nyirru’ is watching the sisters from a distance hoping to catch himself a wife. He is very keen on the oldest sister called Kampukurtja. Ngalkuritja is also the site of the Wati Kipara (Bush Turkey Man) Tjukurpa a secret and sacred Men’s story that travels from the north in Spinifex country all the way down to Eucla on the Southern coast.


Roy UNDERWOOD

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

7/01/1937 Pitjantjatjara Tjutajara area Tjuntjuntjara

Roy Underwood was born in the north - western Spinifex area around 1937. Roy’s actual place of birth cannot be recorded, as it is near such a highly sacred place that its name and Tjukurpa cannot be mentioned in hearing of women and children. As a reference Roy will say he was born near Tjutajara with Anpiri and Kunultu as important places within his personal range or area of interest. Roy also has hereditary interests in his mother’s country around Ilkurlka, Kalaya – emu tjukurpa and father’s country from Wartala to the south – east, Waluwaru – eagle-hawk Tjukurpa. Roy has not visited his father’s country since contact, as it is remote and inaccessible. He tends to paint his own and his mother’s country. Roy was brought in from the Great Victoria Desert to Cundeelee mission in the late 1950s on one of several expeditions mounted by the missionaries. At the time he was a late teenager or nyiingka, in seclusion from Aboriginal society prior to initiation into manhood. He was taken by train to Ooldea in S.A. and walked about 120 km south to a shed tank about 30km north of Yalata. Here people from Yalata, Cundeelee and many from the northern Pitjantjatjara area had gathered for Tjilkatja – men’s initiation ceremonies. Some time after initiation Roy walked back into the desert and lived there for a while with family yet to move into Cundeelee. He eventually returned to Cundeelee and resided there until the move back into Spinifex in the early 1980s. Roy married and raised his wife’s brother’s two sons. With Kumanara Anderson and other older men and women, Roy has been a major driving force in returning the Spinifex people to their country and representing and negotiating the unbroken connection to country which was the key element in the Federal Court decision to grant the Spinifex people exclusive Native Title over 55,000 sq. km. in 2000. Roy continues to be a venerated Elder and is routinely elected to Spinifex Land Council and Tjuntjuntjara Community Council. Roy has a unique painting style somewhat reminiscent of Kiwirkurra mens’ designs from Pintupi country hundreds of kilometres to the northwest and has influenced other artists with his bold and sometimes geometric designs. He is a strong force within the Spinifex Arts project and a much sought after painter.


Group Exhibitions 2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 'Spinifex Country' Flinders University Art Museum, Flinders University City Gallery and the South Australian Museum’s Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery. 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T. 'New Iconic' Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch,Freiburg,Munich,Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Men's Collaborative). 2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. 2011 'Living Water: Western Desert Works', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Vic. 'Uwankara – Whole lot of Everything: Paintings from the APY/NPY Lands and Spinifex Country 2002-2011', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Desert Mob', Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. Japingka Gallery, Fremantle. 2010 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC. 'Desert Country', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and national tour. 'Desert Mob', Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs. N.T. 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 'Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now' Chiaroscuro Gallery in association with Vivien Gallery Anderson, Santa Fe, USA. 'Spinifex Artists Survey Show', Short St Gallery, Broome W.A. 2009 'The Breakfast Show',Randall Lane Gallery, Perth, W.A. 'DesertMob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs. N.T. 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara – Spinifex 2009', Cooee Gallery, Sydney N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery,Linz, Austria. 2008 'Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, W.A. (Men's Collaborative). 'Spinifex Mob', Short St Gallery, Broome. 'Desert Mob', Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs N.T. 'Kapi Ninti-Knowing Water Knowing Country', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne; Spinifex Artists-2008, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle. 2007 'New Spinifex Works', Short St Gallery, Broome W.A.


2007 'Spinifex Artists', Seattle Museum USA. 'Best of the Best', Framed Gallery, Darwin N.T. 'Ten Years On', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 'Desert Mob', Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs N.T. 2006 Marshall Arts, Adelaide S.A. Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC. 'Desert Mob', Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs N.T. 2005 Spinifex Mob, Coo-ee Arts, Sydney N.S.W. 'Spinifex Artists', Seattle Museum USA. 'Pila Nguru, Art and Song of the Spinifex People', Aboriginal Arts Museum, Utrecht. 'Spinifex Artists', Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. 2004 'Spinifex Artists',Zurich House,Switzerland. 2003 'Spinifex Paintings', Raintree Gallery, Darwin. 'Spinifex Art 03',Span Galleries, Melbourne. 2002 'Pititja-New Paintings from the Spinifex Homelands', Mary Place Gallery, Sydney N.S.W. 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic. 2000 'Pila Nguru – Art and Song of the Spinifex People', Perth Museum, Perth W.A. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide SA; Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill N.S.W. Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra A.C.T. Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin N.T.

Collections National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T. (Men's Collaborative). Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA (Men's Collaborative). The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia. Sue and Ian Bernadt, Perth, Western Australia. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC. The British Museum, London (Men's Collaborative). Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Men’s Collaborative). red grant Awards 2013 Finalist 30th Telstra Art Award (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards) as part of Men's Collaborative. 2008 Finalist: W.A. Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A.


Roy UNDERWOOD

Wati Kutjara Acrylic on Linen 233 x 197cm 13247

Nyangatja Wati Kutjara wanampi kutjara Karilywara Warburton munkara kapitjara Wati Kutjara Pukaralanguruka mama munu katja pula nyankula pikati ka katja mala pikatjara pulka Pukaralakutu nyinanyi ka pula tjarpa nyinanyi kuwari. This painting is depicting the Two Water Serpent Men from the time of creation on part of their epic journey. This is where they head north past Warburton towards Patjarr and become embroiled in a fight. The son is injured quite severely and both men have to limp back to their home of Pukara before they finally sit down. These two men are still in that rockhole today. Roy Underwood is a senior Spinifex man who has painted the Wati Kutjara (Two Men) story as it relates to the country to the north. In the Wati Kutjara story two men (powerful Wanampi or water snakes), a father and his son are travelling on serious cultural business. The young son is ‘edgy’ and is considered dangerous by people and by his father who is keeping a close eye on the movements and moods of the son. Roy has also depicted the vegetation and sand dune forms relevant to the story. Wati Kutjara is one of the primary Spinifex stories.


Roy has painted a big story from northern Spinifex country called Pukara. Pukara is the story of the Wati Kutjara or "Two men" who are travelling through the country on initiaton business. The snakes represent a father and a son. The Kalaya Tjukurpa (Emu story) are also present at this site and you can see this by

the many emu tracks in the painting.


Roy UNDERWOOD

Pukara Acrylic on Canvas 136 x 198cm C1078


Lennard WALKER

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/01/1946 Pitjanjatjara Tjukaltjara Tjuntjuntjara

Lennard Walker is a senior Pitjantjatjara Law Man from the Great Victoria Desert in remote Western Australia. He was born around 1946 in the area of Tjukaltjara and Kuru Ala to the north of the community settlement of Tjuntjuntjara. As is custom in Aboriginal law he has strong cultural obligations and responsibilities for this country even though it is a strong Women's site of the Kungkarangkalpa Tjukurpa, known more widely as the Seven Sisters Dreaming. This is an epic songline which traverses much of the Western Desert. In the 1950's Lennard encountered Europeans for the first time and with his family spent some time living at Warburton Mission where he learnt to speak english. He later joined relatives at Cundeelee Mission and typically spent much time "out bush" following ceremonial cycles and going through the many stages of Aboriginal law. Lennard also paints the Wati Kutjara Tjukurpa of Pukara, a story depicting two snakes, a father and son who are travelling across country during ceremonial time. Along with the Kungkarangkalpa Tjukurpa the Wati Kutjara story is one of the most important and wide ranging stories in Spinifex country. Although much of the specific detail is dangerous and secret the general actions and directions of the father and son are well known and understood to have been essential to the formation and activation of much of the country. Water is a precious resource and thus permanent waterholes have sacred associations. They are guarded by their creators, Wanampis, Dreaming Serpent Beings, who have magical abilities. These Dreaming Beings are powerful and often dangerous so Anangu must approach them with respect and perform certain ritual according to the Law. Lennard has lived all of his life in the Great Victoria Desert although travels to Warburton and Patjar to spend time with family from the north. He has been painting with the Spinifex Arts Project since its inception in 1997 and is an invaluable member of the group. Living most of the time in Tjuntjuntjara, Lennard is married to well-known artist Ngalpingka Simms. They live with their extended families.


Group Exhibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T. (Men's Collaborative). 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. 2011 Spinifex Works: Japingka Galery, Fremantle. 2010 New Spinifex Work, Short st Gallery, Broome;Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, N.T. 2009 Spinifex: Ab-Original Fine Art, Linz, Austria; Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2008 Kapi Ninti-Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC; Spinifex Artists Recent Works:Short St Gallery, Broome. 2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle, USA; Ten Years On:Japingka Gallery Fremantle; New Spinifex Works, Short St Gallery, Broome;Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, N.T. 2006 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, N.T. Art of the Spinifex People: Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 2005 Tarlitja Nguru: Cooee Gallery Sydney. Songlines XXX1V: Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. Law and Land: Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, NL. From the Heart: Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne. 2004 Native Title Business: National Touring Exhibition; Spinifex Artists, Zurich House, Zurich. 2003 Putitja Nguru: Japingka Gallery, Fremantle; Spinifex Arts Project 03: Neil Murphy Indigenous Art. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2000 Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A. and national tour.


Collections Artbank Australian Government, Canberra. A.C.T. W. & V. McGeoch Collection, Melbourne, VIC. Wagner and Owen Collection, USA. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative). Collection Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein, Embassy of Liechtenstein in Germany. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T. (Men's Collaborative). The Corrigan Collection, Australia (Men's Collaborative). The British Museum, London. (Men's Collaborative). Kuntswerk Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein, Germany.

Awards 2008 Finalist: W.A. Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A. (Men's Collaborative).


Nyanagatja ngura pantu ila Tjuntjuntjara paluru ini Kulkapa ka Minyma Tjuta kaya kuniya pantu mitura wanani anu ka kutjupa tjuta ngura Kulyuru munu Watalkara Tjukaltjara munu Kuru Ala. This painting is showing the salt lake close to Tjuntjuntjara called Kulkapa. This is a creation site for the ’Seven Sisters’ and involves the women following the tracks of

a large carpet python. The other sites painted here are Kulyuru and Watalkara also Tjukaltjara and Kuru Ala. Lennard Walker is a senior Pitjantjatjara Law Man from the Great Victoria Desert in remote Western Australia. He was born around 1949 in the area of Tjukultjara and Kuru Ala to the north of the Spinifex claim area. As is custom in Aboriginal law he has


Lennard WALKER

strong cultural obligations and responsibilities for this country even though it is a strong Women’s site of the Kungkarangkalpa Tjukurpa, (known more widely as the Seven Sisters Dreaming). This is an epic songline which traverses much of the Western Desert.

Kulapa Acrylic on Linen 139 x 197cm 13327


Lennard WALKER

Kalaya Tjuta Acrylic on Linen 197 x 138cm 13294

Nyangatja kalaya tjuta pitjangi kapi piti tjuta ka tjikalaya kapi tjuta ka kapi piti nyanga ini Kulyuru kapi piti pulkana ka kutkupa kapi piti ila Nyuman ka kutjupa Tjukaltjara ka palatja karungka uru pulka ukalingangi ini Palka Palka ka kalaya tjuta tjana pitjangi. This painting represents many emu ancestral beings travelling through country. The emus are drinking at each rockhole before moving on. There are many significant rockholes here including Kulyuru, Nyuman, Tjukaltjara and Palka Palka. At Palka Palka the water flows into a creek. This is the emu’s destination. Lennard is a highly knowledgeable bushman who notes with ease vast tracts of country and Tjukurpa. Like many sites within the Spinifex area this country can only be discussed very generally due to its sacred nature.


Carlene WEST

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/07/1944 Pitjantjatjara Tjitjiti Tjuntjuntjara

Carlene was born in the Great Victoria Desert in the nineteen forties at a place called Tjitjiti. Carlene spent her childhood with her immediate family group and like many Spinifex people at the time,walked in from the desert to Cundeelee Mission to escape a long period of drought as well as British nuclear testing at Maralinga. At the age of around 12 as Carlene remembers it she embraced mission life to a large degree but always travelled back to country for ceremonial cycles. In 1997 when the Spinifex Arts Project began Carlene was one of the first artists to embrace the project, already having been a prolific maker of decorated artifacts. She continues to paint on bush trips and has travelled to the many Spinifex exhibitions around Australia. Carlene has also travelled overseas visiting Europe in 2002 as part of a touring theatre production about her people and homelands. As part of the Spinifex Mapping Project in 2007 a new road was graded into Tjitjiti allowing traditional owners to revisit important sites and birthplaces. Carlene is keen to travel back to Tjirtjiti to revisit an area she last saw as a kungka (girl).

Group Exihibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.


2011 'Uwankara – Whole lot of Everything: Paintings from the APY/NPY Lands and Spinifex Country 2002-2011', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2010 Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC. 2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A. 2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections The British Museum, London, England. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. The Corrigan Collection, Australia. (Women's Collaborative). National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Richard and Harriet England Collection. The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. (as part of the Women's Collaborative). The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia.

Awards 2009 Finalist (as part of the Women’s Collaborative), Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A.


Carlene WEST

Tjitjiti Acrylic on Linen 197 x 137cm 14003

Nyangatja ngayuku ngura Tjitjiti ka Minyma Kutjarangku tjtji katinyi tjina wati lakeanya ka maliki Wati Quoll altingu "tjitji nyala kati' ka panyaya wirtjapakanu ka watingku kulata wakani minyma kutjara tjungu ngaranyi iluntanananyi tjitji kulu ngaltaltjara ka kuwari minyma kutjara nyupali tjitjiti ngaranyi. This is a painting representing my country of Tjitjiti. It is the story of Two Women walking across the big salt lake with a child when they are called by a stranger, a Quoll Man, to hand over the child. The two ladies make a run for it but the Quoll Man threw a spear and impaled the two women together and then killed the child. This is a sad story. Those two women can still be seen today standing at Tjitjiti.


Carlene WEST

Tjitjiti Acrylic on Linen 182 x 121cm 13289

Nyangatja ngayuku ngura ka ngura pantu ini Tjitjiti ka Tjitjitiku Tjukurpa Minyma Kutjarangku tjtji kutju katinyi tjina wati Tjitjitinya ka nyara maliki Wati Kuninka altingu "tjitji kutju nyala kati' ka panyaya wirtjapakanu ka watingku kulata wakani minyma kutjara tjungu ngaranyi iluntanananyi tjitji kulu ngaltaltjara ka kuwari minyma kutjara nyupali tjitjiti ngaranyi. This is a painting representing my country of Tjitjiti a large salt lake. It is the site of the creation story of Two Women. This story involves Two Women walking across the big salt lake with a child when they are called by a stranger, a Quoll Man, to hand over the child. The two ladies make a run for it but the Quoll Man threw a spear and impaled the two women together and then killed the child. This is a sad story. Those two women can still be seen today standing at Tjitjiti.


Tjaruwa (Angelina) WOODS

Birth Date Language Place of Birth Home

1/07/1954 Pitjantjatjara Ilkawitja Tjuntjuntjara

Tjaruwa Woods was born in the Great Victoria Desert at a rockhole called Ilkawitja in 1954. Growing up in the northern portion of the Spinifex area, Tjaruwa travelled mostly within this area with her small family group. When most of the Spinifex People temporarily left their homelands in the 1950s and 60s during a time of British nuclear testing as well as a severe drought, Tjaruwa and her family stayed in their homelands continuing a traditional Western Desert lifestyle until the late 1980s. It was not until 1986 that Tjaruwa Woods first met white people and was introduced to community style living. Tjaruwa remains a highly skilled Western Desert woman who is able to discuss in detail areas of country which relate to her birthplace and her parent’s birthplaces. Today, Tjaruwa lives mainly at Tjuntjuntjara Community in the Great Victoria Desert with her husband Byron Brooks, also a renowned artist with the Spinifex Arts Project, and her extended family. Tjaruwa Woods has exhibited in Australia and internationally both with the Spinifex Arts Project and individually. She featured in the exhibition Contemporary Indigenous Art Now at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe New Mexico USA in 2010 and the exhibition Networks: Cells and Silos on display at the Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne. She is represented in numerous private and public collections in Australia, and as part of the Spinifex Arts Project Women’s Collaborative was a finalist in the 2009 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards.


Group Exihibitions 2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 2013 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Women's Collaborative). 'DesertMob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T. 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T. 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory. 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany. 2012 Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow, John Curtin Gallery, Perth W.A. Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne. The Bright, The Bold & The Beautiful: A Vibrant and Colourful Celebration of Indigenous Australian Women, Cooee Gallery, Sydney N.S.W. 2011 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, N.T. Living Water, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC. 'Uwankara – Whole lot of Everything: Paintings from the APY/NPY Lands and Spinifex Country 2002-2011', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC. 2010 'Desert Country', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and national tour. Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC. Spinifex Artists Survey Show, Short St Gallery, Broome W.A. Spinifex Arts Project 2010, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC. Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs N.T. Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 2009 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A. (Women’s Collaborative) Generation Next, Randall Lane Gallery, Perth W.A. Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs N.T. Tracking the Wati Kutjara – Spinifex 2009, Cooee Gallery Sydney N.S.W. Spinifex Artists 2009, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 2008 New Works from the Spinifex Artists,Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs N.T. Kapi Ninti-Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle.


2007 Ten Years On, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. Best of the Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin N.T. New Spinifex Works, Short St Gallery, Broome W.A. Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs N.T. 2006 Art of the Spinifex People, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs N.T. Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC. Marshall Arts, Adelaide S.A. 2005 Spinifex Mob, Coo-ee Arts, Sydney N.S.W. Spinifex Artists, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. Pila Nguru, Art and Song of the Spinifex People, Aboriginal Arts Museum, Utrecht. 2004 Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC. National Gallery of Victoria. Spinifex Arts Project, Harbour House Gallery, Zurich. 2003 Spinifex Arts Project 03, Span Galleries, Melbourne VIC. Spinifex Arts Project 03, Raintree Gallery, Darwin N.T. 2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour. Putitja Nguru – Art of the Spinifex People, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A. 2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A. Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T. Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W. 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC. Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T. 2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.

Collections National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC (Women’s Collaborative). National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide S.A. (Women’s Collaborative). The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle USA (Women’s Collaborative). The Corrigan Collection, Australia. Richard and Harriet England Collection. The Sims Dickson Collection, N.S.W. Peter & Agnes Cooke Collection (Women’s Collaborative).


Awards 2009 Finalist (as part of the Women’s Collaborative), Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth W.A.


Tjaruwa (Angelina) WOODS

Waratata Acrylic on Linen 136 x 90cm 13329

Tjaruwa has painted the area around which she was born and grew up. Her family was the last people to emerge from the Great Victoria Desert in 1986 where she maintained a traditional hunter gatherer lifestyle until the wider Spinifex group decided to "bring them in." In this work she has painted Minyma Tjilkamata (the Echidna Woman) Tjukurpa from Waratata. The woman left the rock hole and travelled to Watjula a large rocky area in breakaway country. She died here and her body forms the large rock formations. Here water is to be found not in rockholes but in the crevices and cracks within the rock surface.


Tjaruwa (Angelina) WOODS

Pulaly-pulalypa Acrylic on Linen 110 x 83cm 13328

Tjaruwa has painted her homeland, country located in the north of the Spinifex claim area. The Tjukurpa depicted here is of the Pulaly-pulalypa (Port Lincoln parrot) family, a father, mother and children who are travelling from Pipalyatjara. The children are excited as they have seen kuniya (edible python) moving around in the grass. There isn’t a rock hole here but water places are close by. Tjaruwa is a highly knowledgeable bush woman who left her nomadic life in 1986 when her family was brought into the community by relatives. Tjaruwa still retains a deep knowledge of her country as well as many other areas in Spinifex country. She is a keen tracker of animals, is knowledgeable about traditional bush foods and she once saved a group of people broken down in the desert with her knowledge of hidden water holes.


Tjaruwa (Angelina) WOODS

Waratata Acrylic on Linen 108 x 90cm 13214

Nyangatja minyma kutju nyinanyi ka Minyma Tjilkamata nyinanyi ka kapi Waratata ka nyangatja ngura ngayuku nyuntjungku ngayulu iti mantangka nyarinyi ka paluru mapitja ka minyma kutjupangku ngayulu makati. This painting is depicting the place of the echidna women from the time of creation. This place is called Waratata and she is sitting down here. This is also the place where my mother buried me when I was a baby and her sister came and dug me out and took me away.


Tjaruwa (Angelina) WOODS

Kamanti Acrylic on Linen 111 x 82.5cm 12042

Tjaruwa has painted the country around Kamanti, Purr-purr, Tarantjara, Baki and Palka-Palka Creek to the north of where she was born. This painting depicts country and tjukurpa (ancestral stories) that can only be discussed in very general detail publicly as they are stories belonging to Spinifex men. Very generally the painting shows elements of the initiation process whereby a young boy has a hole made in his nose with the help of sacred birds and Marlu, the red kangaroo.


Tjaruwa (Angelina) WOODS

Kupanya Acrylic on Linen 75 x 58cm 13213

Nyangatja Ngayuku ngura ka ngura ini Kupanya ka nyanga minyma kutju nyinanyi ka paluru pakanu Nyumanlakutu. This painting is showing my country of Kupanya. There is one women sitting here who is travelling to a place called Pukara.


Images of Tjuntjuntjara


Source: Š Spinifex Arts


Images of Tjuntjuntjara (continued)


Source: Š Spinifex Arts


Lennard Walker Painting with Dogs Source: Š Spinifex Arts


“ When I finish (pass away), my paintings will keep going. They will keep telling all the people, my family and whitefellas the story of Kamanti where I was born.� Lennard Walker Senior Traditional Owner and painter Tjuntjuntjara, Great Victoria Desert, Western Australia, June 2012


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Paint Boxes of Spinifex Artists, Source: Š Spinifex Arts


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