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We are privileged to work with very well known Aboriginal artists in Australia, winners or finalists of some of the most prestigious awards, both local and overseas. Please find below some brief profiles of the Aboriginal artists that display their artworks in our gallery. Upon request we can provide their full profiles with all their exhibition and rewards noted.

artists
ABIE LOY KEMARRE
Abie Loy Kemarre was born in 1972 at Utopia station approximately 250km north-east of Alice Springs. Her grandmother is the acclaimed Kathleen Petyarre. Abie speaks Eastern Anmatyerre.
Abie Loy has been painting since 1994 under the guidance of her grandmother, Kathleen. Abie paints the Bush Hen Dreaming which she inherited from her grandmother. She also depicts body paint designs used in traditional women’s sacred ceremonies.
The body paint used consists of natural ochres that are applied with the fingers by the women.

Abie’s works are held in major collections all over the world and she has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and has been finalised in all the major Telstra NATSIAA.
ANTHONY WALKER
Aboriginal heritage – Yiman/Gurrang Gurrang
Anthony is a senior custodian of Didgeridoo/Yidaki at Yiyyakala. Anthony is from Byron Bay, NSW. Anthony was taught how to make didgeridoos by Djalu Gurravirri, the Didgeridoo Master and also by his grand father, Alf Walker. He also creates fine art and does aboriginal performances.

Awards:
2005 National Parks Aboriginal Art Awards - Winner
2005 Parliament Award/Sydney - Finalist
2006 Parliament Award/Sydney - Finalist
2006 Mil-Pra - Finalist
2007 Marine art Award/Byron Bay - Winner
2008 Gold Coast Indigenous Art and Design Award T2 - Winner
AUDREY CALMA
Audrey CALMA comes from Melville Island,home to the Aboriginal people,the Tiwi, which is Australia’s second largest island after Tasmania and, across Clarence Strait, only 80 kilometres north of Darwin.
In her painting 'Bush Tucker Dreaming' depicts a Tiwi women's Dreaming Story about 'Bush Tucker'. It shows the different foods they go out to gather, and the circles around each of the foods indicate the amount of ground they have to search to find all of the goods.
The aboriginal women are the gatherers of the Tribe, the men are the Hunters. So the women only gather such things as Witchetty/Witjuti Grubs,(in the centre) tasty grubs which are like borers and found in live wood in stems, trunks and roots of certain wattles.
BIBI BARBA
Bibi Barba was born in Roma and raised in Liverpool, Sydney, the daughter of Aboriginal Featherweight boxing champion Buddy Claire. Bibi has a sense of design and colour and a strong sense of story-telling. Bibi's work has a real vitality, such freshness in the colours. Bibi's art is accessible and decorative, they are instantly recognisable, but not predictable.
Bibi has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia. In 2001 she was part of an Australia Art exhibition touring Europe.
Her work is held in number of private collections not only in Australia but also in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, New York and South Carolina in the United States.
COLIN WIGHTMAN
Born: 1965
From: Toomelah mission
Tribe: Goomeroi tribe
Colin comes from Toomelah mission, a small aboriginal community on the dry plain near the western border of N.S.W. Toomelah is the Aboriginal word for 'those who move from place to place' and it reflects very much the lifestyle he has chosen.
He has been an artist for over 18 years, the Goomeroi tribesman just loves to paint. The Goomeroi tribe can be found in the southern part of Queensland and northern end of inland New South Wales. Colin creates indigenous art because he loves it and he is good at it. He paints what he sees and the old stories which handed down from his ancestor.
In 2004 Colin was awarded Male Artist of The Year by the Toomelah/ Boggabilla community. In 2005 he was a finalist in Parliament of New South Wales Indigenous Art Prize 2005.
DJARDI ASHLEY
Born: October 1950(deceased 2008)
Region: Ramingining, Central Arnhemland
Country: Ngilipitji
Language Bloc: Yolngu
Language: Rittharrngu
Local Group (Clan): Wagilag
Social Affiliations: Dhuwa moiety, Burralang subsection

Djardi was born in 1951 at Djoindi, an outstation of Yirrkala, north astern Arnhem Land. It is known as the stone spear country, associated with the journey of the Wagilag sisters, and his tribe is Wagilag, dua moiety. During his early life Djardi watched his father, (ceremonial leader of the tribe) as he painted on bark. IN time Djardi became a highly respected artist.
Djardi moved from Doindji to Ramingining when he married Dorothy, and they had five girls and three sons. He has been given permission to paint some of the dreamings of his wife, and together they have exhibited at important national exhibitions, including the Aboriginal Artists’ Gallery in Melbourne in 1986, when ten of their paintings were acquired for the Robert Holmes a Court collection, the Esplanade Gallery, Darwin, 1988 and the Cooee Gallery in Sydney 1990. Djardi has also had solo exhibitions at the Douglas Burns Art Museum and at the Flinders University Art Museum in South Australia in 1991. Because of ceremonial duties as one of the leaders of sacred rites, he is not able to paint as often as he would like and his works are very difficult to acquire.
Some of his Awards:
1987 First Prize, National Aboriginal Art Award, NT Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin
1993 Interpreting Mabo Award, one third share, Botany Art Awards, NSW
DOROTHY NAPANGARDI
Dorothy began painting in 1987 at the "Centre for Aboriginal Artists". Her initial works were highly influenced by Eunice Napangardi in particular, as they share a number of stories, close friends and are of the same skin group and both paint Bush Banana Dreaming.

Born in 1952, Dorothy comes from Pikilyi, which is situated approximately 400 km north west of Alice Springs. Living a traditional life style until the early 1960's when her family group walked in to the pastoralist station of Mt Doreen. Holding a senior position in the field of traditional law within the Warlpiri society, Dorothy's works play an integral role in the preservation and communication of her Dreamings. When painting Women's Dreamings she refers to the Mina Mina site, which is a highly significant site as it is recognized as the point of origin for Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa (Women's Dreaming) for both the Kukuja and Warlppiri. Containing two large clay pans and numerous water soakages the land is relatively fertile. It is also thought to be the place where the digging sticks originated, emerging from the ground during the era of creation.

In 1991 Dorothy won the Museum's and Art Gallery's Award for the best artwork in Western Media at the National Aboriginal Art Award. This work is now part of a permanent collection for the Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern territory. In 2001 Dorothy won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
EVELYN PULTARA
Evelyn Pultara was born around 1940 at Woodgreen Station, the cattle property adjoining Utopia Station, north east of Alice Springs. She is an Anmatyerre woman and the mother of six children.
Evelyn began painting in 1997. Her early works were paintings on traditional themes of bush tucker and awelye (women’s ceremonial body paint designs). Now Evelyn exclusively paints her totem, the bush yam.
Like her late aunt Emily Kame Kngwarreye and her full brother Greeny Purvis, Evelyn Pultara was born with bush yam (pencil yam) as her totem. Greeny and Evelyn are the only two Anmatyerre speakers who are allowed to paint the Bush Yam represented in lines, depicting the transition of the seasons.

Solo exhibitions:
2003 June Solo Exhibition, Sydney
2004 May ‘Evelyn Pultara’ curated by Armida Aallevi, aborigena, Milan, Italy, London, Melbourne
2005 Feb ‘The Art of Evelyn Pultara’ Sydney
2005 Raintree Gallery, Darwin NT

Group exhibitions:
2004 Twenty Indigenous Female Artists From Central Australia, Ann
1993 Yapakurlangu Jirrama, Batchelor College, Tennant Creek, NT

Awards:
2005 Winner, general painting, Telstra, 22nd National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award, Darwin, NT
FLYNN J. WALLACE
TRIBE: Jirrbal
FROM: Ravenshoe – North Queensland
BORN: 1942

Flynn is from Jirrbal Tribe that is the 'Rainforest Tribe in North Queensland. Many of his paintings depict creatures in nature including Australian native birds, butterflies and native plants.
He studied Fine Art at the University. He worked as a pilot of aircraft and had been sketching and painting as a hobby. After he retired from his pilot job he shifted his career to his aboriginal painting work.
He published a book for blind children which is 3-dimensionally created for them to feel with their fingertip. Many of his paintings are inspired by the stories given to him by his mother.
GARMARROONGOO MICHAEL HUDDLESTON
His father, the late Harry Huddleston, was a traditional owner from Burrungu, also known as Ruin City.

Most of his artwork is based on this land which his father and mother came from.

He paints on canvas in acrylic. All the animals are painted in the traditional ways of their land and in Dreamtime stories.

Michael Huddleston has been painting for 20 years and has paintings all over the world.
GLORIA TAMERRE PETYARRE
Gloria is married to Ronnie Price and has four sisters, Ada Bird Peyarre, Violet Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre, and Kathleen Petyarre- who are all renowned artists.

Gloria first became known as an artist for her contributions to Utopia Batik Exhibition which toured Australia and overseas from 1977 to 1987. She began using acrylic paint on canvas in 1988, because it gave her greater freedom of expression and better control over the results.

In 1990 she traveled with the exhibition "Utopia: a Picture Story" to Dublin, London, Thailand and India. In 1999 she wont the Wynne Prize for landscapes of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her first solo show was in 1991 and since then has had many exhibitions including New York and London.
GRACIE MORTON PWERLE
Born: 1956
From: Utopia N.T

Gracie is of the Eastern Amatyerre group and her country is Alhalkere and daughter of Myrtle Petyarre. She has always lives a traditional lifestyle, her education involved living and surviving in a desert environment, collecting bush foods and living off the land. Gracie still lives in the Utopia region but also occasionally spends time in Alice Springs with one of her two daughters.
Gracie gained recognition as an artist working in the medium of batik, exhibiting her work with the Utopia women in Australia and overseas.
Her work now is quite brilliant, comprised of laborious fine dots intricate patterns, all dimensional visual feeling. Her most commonly depicted subject is the bush plum. Gracie’s work has been exhibited throughout Australia and in many places around the world, particularly in Western Europe and in North America. Her works are highly sought after in many Australian Gallery.
JEANNIE PETYARRE
Tribe: Anmatyerre
Region: Utopia
Born: 1956

Jeannie was born in 1956 to a family of well-known artists. Jeannie is the sister of the well-known Gloria Petyarre, Kathleen Petyarre, Ada Bird Petyarre, Violet Petyarre, Myrtle Petyarre and Nancy Petyarre.
Jeannie started painting batik work in the eighties. Her work is characterised by vibrant designs celebrating the spirit of the yam plant as it generates year after to feed the people.
‘Bush Medicine’ relates to the process of mixing various fruits and plants with animal fat to create medicine. These colourful styles were taught to her by her Aunt, the famous Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Some of Jeannie’s Exhibitions:
• 1989 Utopia Women’s Painting the first work on canvas
• 1990 A Picture Story exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
• 1993 Central Australia Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
JOHN KELLY
John is a well known and respected artist from the Kempsey region of New South Wales. Each piece of John's art expresses his Dainggatti aboriginal heritage and traditions of his people.
John's works have been internationally recognised, including being selected by Nelson Mandela to recreate his charcoal drawings that were done during his imprisonment as well as his work being purchased by the New South Wales State Government for its collection. John was commissioned to create part of the stage backdrop for the prestigious Deadly Awards that celebrate outstanding achievements in many fields by indigenous Australians.
John's works have been seen by many in local and international exhibitions and are widely sought after because of the vibrant tones and distinct traditional qualities his artwork convey.
KATHLEEN PETYARRE
From: Utopia
Language: Anmatyerre
Clan: Alyawarre/Eastern Anmatyarre
Born: c1940

Kathleen is one of a famous family of aboriginal women painters Ada Bird, Violet, Myrtle and Gloria. She hails from the eastern desert community of Utopia, 230 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs. The region’s art movement began in the late 1970’s when a batik fabric-making workshop was introduced to the community. Kathleen joined up and was on her way to becoming one of the most widely recognised indigenous artists.
Like other Central Australian and Western Desert Indigenous artists, Kathleen represents her Ancestor’s travels over Atnangker country and act as a visual depiction standing for something very important.
Kathleen’s subjects include Mountain Desert Lizard, Emu Dreaming and Bush Seed.
Kathleen has featured in numerous exhibitions,(few other aboriginal artist can match that),all over Australia and around the world, some of which include – Sydney Craft Expo, Chicago Art 99 USA, San Francisco Art Exposition USA to name but a few.

Some of her Awards:
1996 Overall Winner of the Telstra 13th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT, Australia.
1997 Overall Winner of the Visy Board Art Prize, the Barossa Vintage Festival Art Show, Nurioopta SA, Australia.
1998 Finalist, 1998 Seppelts Contemporary Art Award - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW Australia.
1998 Winner, People's Choice Award, 1998 Seppelts Contemporary Art Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Selected Exhibitions
1991 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
1995 Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
1998 Arnkerrthe - My Dreaming, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC, Australia, 24 July - 15 August
1999 Recent Paintings by Kathleen Petyarre, Coo-ee Gallery, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 4 - 21 November
2000 Kathleen Petyarre, Retrospective Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW, Australia
2000 New Directions in Contemporary Aboriginal Painting, Songlines Gallery, San Francisco CA, USA
2001 Genius of Place. The work of Kathleen Petyarre. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW, Australia
2002 Gallerie Commines, Paris, France
2006 Galerie Clément, Vevey, Switzerland
2006 Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA
2006 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA
2006 Prism - Contemporary Australian Art at the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Galerie Rigassi, Bern, Switzerland
2007 Gallery Anthony Curtis, Boston MA, USA

Selected Collections
Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, Quai Branly, Paris, France
Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France
Kunsthaus - Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
The Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA, USA
The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles CA, USA
Harvard University (Peabody-Essex Anthropology and Ethnology Museum), Salem MA, USA
The Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle WA, USA
The Kluge-Rhue Collection, University of West Virginia VA, USA
Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Indonesia
National Gallery of Australia - Collection of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II, Canberra ACT, Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney NSW, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA, Australia
The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth WA, Australia
The Museum & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT, Australia
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA, Australia
A.T.S.I.C. Collection, Adelaide SA, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC, Australia
University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide SA, Australia
Edith Cowan University, Perth WA, Australia
MARGARET LEWIS NAPANGARDI
Margaret was born in 1956. Margaret is from Yuendumu in Northern Territory. Margaret has been painting since the late 80’s and sells her art works to many galleries.
Margaret paints Karnta (women’s) Dreaming for her country. Margaret is a full sister to celebrated painter Dorothy Napangardi whose artworks have featured in the exhibitions throughout Australia, the USA and Europe.
Margaret is a rising star and highly collectable. Margaret paints Salt on Mina Mina, Bush Fire at Mina Mina and Bush Mushroom.
MINNIE PWERLE
Minnie Pwerle (b.c. 1920) was born in Alyawarr country, about 180 km north east of Alice Springs. Minnie's paintings reflect the design used for body painting in women's ceremony - Awelye.

Minnie has only recently been applying these stories to canvas. Her works are very bold and free flowing, and immediately capture the attention of art lovers. Minnie Pwerle's main titles are Awelye, Bush Medicine and Bush Melon Seed, all of which convey her respect for her land, food and her people.
NINGURA NAPURRULA
Ningura was born in the bush, and came in with her family in the 50's. She was married to Yala Yala Gibbs and started painting after her husband passed away in 1998. She paints her country Naami, which is south west of Kiwirrkurra in WA.
Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi
Paddy Carroll's mother is from the site of Winparrku near Haasts Bluff. Paddy grew up in this area, the family coming in to Haasts Bluff and Yuendumu to collect rations of bread and tea. His father was shot by Europeans in the Coniston massacre of 1928.Paddy Carroll began painting in about 1977 when John Kean was running Papunya Tula Artists and Paddy and his family were living at Three Mile Bore, an outstation of Papunya. David CORBY was probably influential in his starting to paint. Paddy's extensive ceremonial knowledge is indicated by the range of Dreaming stories depicted in his paintings.

Paddy Carroll once remarked to a journalist puzzling over the meaning of a painting's iconography that 'We have had to learn your language, now it is time you learned ours.' Paddy and his second wife, Ruby Nangala, lived in their new house at Three Mile outstation, just north of Papunya until a few years ago that Paddy Carrol passed away. (Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert. By Vivien Johnson)
PANTJIYA NUNGARRAYI
Born: c.1936
Region: kiwirrkurra/ Kintore W.A
Language: Pintupi

Pantjiya Nungarrayi was born in the region of Haasts Bluff in 1936. Pantjiya commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1996 and is the wife of the now deceased artist, George Maxwell Jangala. After the death of her husband, Pantijiya returned yo her homeland, Kiwirrkurra.
Pantjiya only started to paint in the mid nineties. Her painting style is very distinctive using the three colours of black, white and yellow ochre. Pantjiya’s work is widely recognised and now her art products are highly collectable.

Pantjiya,s exhibitions are numerous around Australia and all over the world.
RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA
Tribe: Pintupi
Language: Pintupi

Ronnie was born around 1943 near Muyinnga, about 100 km west of the Kintore Range in the Northern Territory. His family moved extensively throughout Pintupi Country living the traditional ways his people have lived for over 40000 years..
I was during Ronnie’s time at Papunya that he started to take an interest in the Papunya Tula Desert Art Movement (formed in the early 70’s).
Ronnie soon emerged as one of Papunya Tula’s major artists. His work reflects his direct ties with his culture, retaining a purity that many other Aboriginal artists have not achieved. Ronnie’s work follows the strict Pintupi style including the strong circle motif joined together by connecting lines.

1996 sees Ronnie as one of the Central Deserts most sought after artists, producing stunning linear work. His work is currently in high demand fetching high prices at the Sotheby’s Auction Rooms in Melbourne, Australia. Chairman of the Kintore Outstation Council, Ronnie currently resides at Redbank (Ininti). Ronnie Tjampitjinpa has painted for the Aboriginal Desert Art Gallery (Michael Hollow), Alice Springs, since 1992.

His exhibitions and collections are numerous around the world.
SARRITA KING
Tribe: Gurindji
Area: Central & Western Desert

Sarrita’s father, William King is from the tribe Gurindji, which is located near Katherine in the Northern Territory with his skin name being Jungala. Sarrita grew up in Darwin in the Northern Territory. Sarrita has been influenced by her famous dad and became interested in his art and technique.

Sarrita now spends most of her time is her father’s studio working on her art. Sarrita’s inspiration for her art is the amazing environment she grew up within the Northern Territory. Also, Sarrita reflects on much of her experiences with family members, especially her father who taught her about her Aboriginal heritage and the connection to our world in general.

William King passed away in 2008 and his daughter continues his highly succesfull career.
WALANGKURA NAPANANGKA
Walangkura Napanangka was born in 1946 at Tjiturulnga. She moved to Haasts Bluff before finally settling in Kintore, west of Alice Springs. Walangkura’s family was amongst a group of Pintupi people who made their way to the Ikuntji settlement (Haasts Bluff) in 1956. They walked hundreds of kilometres from west of the salt lake of Karrkurutinjinya (Lake Macdonald) to access the supplies of food and water on offer at the settlement. The family returned to their homelands community of Walungurru in 1981. Walangkura now resides in Kintore with her husband and fellow artist Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. Her mother, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and sister, Pirrmangka Napanangka, both deceased were also painters. Her father was Tutuma Tjapangati.

Walangkura began her painting career through participating in the historic Kintore-Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project 'Minyma Tjukurrpa' in 1995. Her paintings exude a powerful energy, recreating the creation stories and ceremonial sites associated with the Tjukurrpa of her Pintupi homelands.

Her exhibitions,collections and awards are numerous.
YONDEE(meaning Black Goanna)Shane Hansen
Yondee is a Noongar man from Western Australia, now based in Ipswich in Queensland. He was born in 1964 in Dumbleyung, 270km south of Perth. The name Dumbleyung is derived from the Aboriginal word “Dambeling” means large lake, and refers to the lake nearby which is the largest in south west WA. His works are abstract in their presentation but narrative in their content.

Yondee uses colours which represent certain feelings and dreamings. Blues, greens and purples are used for tranquillity and motivation, reds and oranges for warmth and healing, white is used to give spirit, whilst browns or ochres brings back into context recognition as an Aboriginal artist. He wishes to continue the stories of his grandfather.

Yondee has painted with the Campfire group of Aboriginal artists in Brisbane as well as exhibiting his work in a number of galleries in Western Australia, NSW, Queensland and overseas (USA and Ireland).
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