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'Sarah-Jane's commitment to the artists of the Central and Western Desert and her eye for exceptional, tour de force works are what set her Indigenous art collection apart.  Of particular note are the powerful, monumental works by Walala Tjapaltjarri and George Ward Tjungurrayi.  Not to be missed.' 

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ARTIST: Ada Bird Petyarre
Title: Angertla – Mountain Devil Lizard
Acrylic paint on Belgian Linen
Code: TAB 301
Size: 4' x 4' 1.21m x 1.21m

1997: Finalist in the 14th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Utopia/Atangkere

Ada's Dreamings are Mountain Devil Lizard, Bean, Emu, Pencil Yam, Grass Seed and Small Brown Grass. These dreamings she shares with Gloria Petyarre, Emily Kngwarreye, Myrtle Petyarre and Kathleen Petyarre. She reminds us that so much of desert art originated in traditional, ceremonial body painting designs. It is this rawness which speaks clearly of her knowledge of the land, her people and their ceremonies.

Angeline Pwerle Ngala

ARTIST: Angeline Pwerle Ngala
Title: Bush Plum (Arnwekety) Dreaming
Acrylic on Canvas
Code: AP340-05
Size: 49" x 38.5", 124 x 98cm

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Anmanari Nolan Napanangka

ARTIST: Anmanari Nolan Napanangka
Title: Kungkas travelling to Women's Law
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: TANN 301
Size: 4'x3', 121 x 91cm

Anmanari was born in 1938 at Yateman's Bore. Drought in the early 1940s drove her family to the Hermannsburg Mission 125km south west of Alice Springs. Anmanari was married to Lionel Kantawarra Tjupurrula, a Papunya Tula artist, and through him she was inspired to paint. Anmanari's Tjupurrpa (dreaming) is Mulpa (Bush Mushroom).

Bailleau Myer Collection, de Young Museum – San Francisco, Active Group-Japan.

Annie Pitjara Hunter

ARTIST: Annie Pitjara Hunter
Title: Awely (Body Paint)
Code: AH1398/11
Size: 36” x 36” 92x92cm

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Annie Pitjara Hunter, sister to artists Susan, Jessie and Sandy Pitjara Hunter is becoming well known for the fine execution of her interpretation of Women's Business. Like her sisters, Annie is concerned with Awely and all it symbolises during the deeply spiritual women's ceremonies. Over the last few years she has participated in several group exhibitions throughout Australia...

Betty Club Mbitjana

ARTIST: Betty Club Mbitjana
Title: Awelye and Bush Melon
Code: TBCM 1202
Size: 6' 20" 1.83m x 51cm

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The Awelye (body paint) is associated with women's ceremony. The small circles are bush melon, the larger circles ceremonial sites and the large bulbous 'U' shapes represents women.

Born: c.1954. Betty is the daughter of Minnie Pwerle and sister to Barbara Weir.
Language Group: Amnatyerre
Country: Utopia

Christine Peterson Nangala

ARTIST: Christine Peterson Nangala
Title: Tali - Sandhills
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: TCP 709 / TCPN 709
Size: 4' x 22", 121 x 56cm

Language: Luritja

Country: Mt Leibig (Watiyawanu)

Born in Papunya in 1973 Christine is the daughter of Topsy Peterson Napangardi and the niece of Lily Kelly Napangardi. She lives with her family in Alice Springs and Mt Liebig and paints her family's country and Willy Wagtail dreaming.

Cowboy Louie Pwerle

ARTIST: Cowboy Louie Pwerle
Code: CL924/08 (4)
Size: 44" X 40" 114 X 112cm

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Cowboy Louie Pwerle was born in 1941 on Old MacDonald station. He is the younger brother of Louie Pwerle (deceased) who was an important Utopian artist and is an Eastern Anmatyerr speaker. His traditional country lies on the Western side of the Sandover River on Utopia station and stretches west on to Mt Skinner.

Daisy Napaltjarri Jugadai

ARTIST: Daisy Napaltjarri Jugadai
Title: Mereenie - Haast Bluff
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: TDNJ 503
Size: 4' x 3', 120 x 91cm

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Gloria Petyarre

ARTIST: Gloria Petyarre
Title: Leaves Blowing in the Wind – Bush Medicine

Code: TGP 1003-5
Size: 5' x 20" 1.53m x 50cm

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Gloria is one of Utopia's most well known and successful artists. Gloria was the winner of the 1999 Wynne Prize, awarded annually for the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by an Australian artist. Gloria has had major exhibitions in Berlin, Milan, Paris, Sydney and New York. Hermes, the French fashion house, has produced a scarf of a Gloria design. Gloria's language group is Anmatyerre and her country is Atnangkere.

Dr George Tjapaltjarri

ARTIST: Dr George Tjapaltjarri
Title: Men's Business and Pulli
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: 01-K-DGT 0004
Size: 3'3" x 1'8", 100 x 51cm

Language: Pintupi

Country: Karrinwarra and Kilingya

National Gallery of Victoria, Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory.

Dr George is an aboriginal doctor and was attached to the Kintore Clinic. He mainly paints Tingari or secret men's business.

George Ward Tjungurrayi

ARTIST: George Ward Tjungurrayi
Title: Sandhill (Tali) Country
Code: TGWT 801
Size: 5' x 3' 1.53m x 91cm

Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands
The Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
The Holmes aCourt Collection, Perth
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2004 Art Gallery of NSW Wynne Prize

Born: early 1950s. George Ward is a senior Pintupi law man and paints ancestral desert narratives west of Kintore. He spends his time between Kintore, Tjukurrla and Alice Springs.

Gladdy Kemmare

ARTIST: Gladdy Kemmare
Title: Bush Plum Dreaming
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: GK1161/10
Size: 5'x4' 152 x 119 cm

Language: Alyawarr

Country: Camel Camp, Utopia

Born: 1937


Gregory Williams
ARTIST: Gregory Williams
Code: TGRWT 802 (125)
Size: 60 x 47.5” 153 x 121cm

Tjapanardi He was born in Alice Springs and grew up in Yuendumu. Gregory paints Minna Minna, his country. This is the story of women travelling along with dancing sticks and where the made camp. He speaks five languages: Warlpiri, English, Pintupi, Luritja and Pitjantatjara.

Jannelle Stockman

ARTIST: Jannelle Stockman
Title: Women Dancing
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: JS639/07 or JS638
Size: 4'7" x 39" 140 x 100 cm

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Jorna Nelson Napurrula

ARTIST: Jorna Nelson Napurrula
Title: Possum Dreaming
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: TJN 508 22
Size: 4' x 14" 120 x 36cm

Language: Warlpiri

Country: Yuendumu

Jorna paints her Grandfather's country at Mt Singleton, Bush Tucker Dreaming and Janganpa (Possum) dreamings. Her work has been exhibited in London through the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

Josie Petrick Kemarre
ARTIST: Josie Petrick Kemarre
Code: Code: TJP1205/10 (29)
Size: 5’x4’ 151x121cm

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Josie began painting in the early 1990s and her early works are typical of Utopia Art. Her current style portrays the abundance of colours found in the Central Australian landscape. Josie's language group is Eastern Anmatyerr and her country is Santa Teresa.

Joy Kngwarreye Jones

ARTIST: Joy Kngwarreye Jones
Title: Awely (Body Paint)
Polymer acrylic on linen
Code: EDA JJ1469/12 13
Size: 32" x 32" 81 x 81cm

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Kathleen Ngala

ARTIST: Kathleen Ngala
Code: EDA KN1507/13 (20)
Size: 50”x37” 127x95cm

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Language: Anmatyerr
Region: Carmel Camp, Utopia, Northern Territory
Born: c. 1933

Kathleen Petyarre
ARTIST: Kathleen Petyarre
Title: My Country Bush Seeds
Code: 44
Size: 4’x4’ 121x121cm

Kathleen (Kweyetwemp) Petyarre began painting alongside her famous aunt, Emily Kngwarreye. Kathleen's paintings refer to her country and her 'Dreamings' which she inherited from her father. She shares the Arnkerrth (the Old Woman Mountain Devil Lizard) dreaming with her sisters Gloria, Violet, Ada Bird, Jean and Myrtle, all well known artists. Collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Kathleen's language group is Eastern Anmatyerre and her country is Atnangker.

Lily Kelly Napangardi

ARTIST: Lily Kelly Napangardi
Code: TLKN802 (130)
Size: 5’x3’ 153x91cm

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Lily began painting in the mid 1980s. She is married to the artist Norman Kelly. The Jan – March 2006 Australian Art Collector included Lilly as one of 50 most collectible Australian artists. Lily's language groups are Luritja and Warlpiri, and her country is Haasts Bluff, Mt Liebig and Kunatjarrayi.

Lucky Kngwarreye Morton

ARTIST: Lucky Kngwarreye Morton
Title: Wildflowers
Code: LM1255/11
Size: 3'11" x 1'11" 118cm x 60cm

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Born: MacDonald Station 1949

Language: Alyawarr
Region: Amkawenyerr, Utopia, Northern Territory

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ARTIST: Mary Kemmare Morton
Title: Awely (Body Paint) (6 pieces)
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: MM745/07
Size: 14"x14" 35 x 35cm x 6

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Maureen Walker
ARTIST: Maureen Walker
Title: Water Dreaming (Ngapa) - My Father's Story
Code: TMW 805
Size: 4' x 1'8" 1.21m x 51cm

Maureen was born at Lajamanu and subsequently moved to Yuendumu. She had four boys before marrying Gregory Williams Tjapanardi. As Gregory is on dialysis they now live permanently in Alice Springs. Maureen has always painted as an independent artist.

Mitjili Napurrula

ARTIST: Mitjili Napurrula
Watiya & Water Going Through the Root System
Code: TMN431 (39)
Size: 5’x4’ 151x121cm

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Mitjili started painting in 1993. She is married to prominent artist, Long Tom Tjapanangka, her brother was Turkey Tolson and her sister is Narpula Scobie Napurrula. Mitjili's work has been included in over sixty exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Mitjili's language group is Pintupi and her country is Haasts Bluff.

Narpula Scobie Napurrula

ARTIST: Narpula Scobie Napurrula
Title: Women's Body Paint
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: KNS 02007
Size: 5' x 1' 153 x 36cm

Holmes a Court, Art Gallery of South Australia, Australian Museum.

Born: at Haast Bluff area in the late 1950’s.  Narpula was one of the first women to start painting.

Narputta Nangala
ARTIST: Narputta Nangala
Title: Kaakurutintya
Code: TNN 304
Size: 4' x 2' 1.21m x 61cm

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Narputta (1933 - 2010) was born at Kaarkurutinytja (Lake MacDonald). She began solo painting in 1992 and was one of the first women to do so. When she was very young her family was completely nomadic. Her father, Tjalakuny, brought Narputta and her brother in from the desert to Haasts Bluff and then returned to nomadic life. Her late husband was Timmy Jugadai, a prominent Papunya Tula artist. Narputta painted her father's country around Lake MacDonald. Narputta won the 1997 National Aboriginal Art Award in Darwin. Narputta's language groups are Pintupi and Luritja. She died in 2010.

Natalie Pula Holmes

ARTIST: Natalie Pula Holmes
Title: Sand Dunes
Code: NH1088/10
Size: 60cm x 129cm

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Only twenty three years of age, Natalie Pula Holmes is an emerging artist. Her fascination with painting goes back to her childhood in Tennant Creek as she watched her mother and artist, Marilyn Brown paint. Her mother saw at once the fascination colours and shapes held for Natalie and encouraged her to experimen...

Ningura Napurrula
ARTIST: Ningura Napurrula
Title: Desert Raisin Dreaming
Code: TNIN 202
Size: 4' x 3' 1.21m x 91cm

Born at Watulka she was married to the late Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi with whom she moved to Papunya in the early days of the settlement. In 1996 Ningura began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in her own right. Her work show a strong dynamism and rich linear design created with heavy layers of paint. Her works adorns a ceiling within the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. Australian Art Collector includes her in their list of the 50 most collectible Australian artists. Collections: National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Ollie Kemarre

ARTIST: Ollie Kemarre
Title: Arnwekety - Bush Plum Dreaming
Polymer acrylic on linen
Code: OK 396/06
Size: 33" x 23" 84 x 59cm

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Pansy Napangati
ARTIST: Pansy Napangati
Title: Willy Wagtail & Hail Dreaming in my Grandfather's Country
Code: TPN 421
Size: 5' x 3' 1.53m x 91cm

Pansy started painting in the early 1970s. From 1960 onwards, Pansy lived at Papunya and learnt the Dreamings of her father's country – Bush Banana, Water Snake, Marlu (kangaroo), Cockatoo, Bush Mangoes and Willy Wagtail. She also learnt the Dreamings of her mother who was born at Illipili – Seven Sisters, Hail, Desert Raisin and Kungkakutjara (two women). Pansy's language groups are Luritja and Warlpiri, and her country is Haasts Bluff.

Peggy Poulson Napurrula
ARTIST: Peggy Poulson Napurrula
Code: TPPN501 (121)
Size: 4’x14" 121x36cm

She paints her Grandfather's Country at Mt Singleton, Bush Tucker dreaming and The Root System with People Sitting. Peggy paints for Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) and was represented in the 2004 Desert Mob exhibition.

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

ARTIST: Ronnie Tjampitjinpa
Title: Rock-hole at Tumpilpungkul, west of Lake MadDonald
Acrylic paint on Belgian Linen
Code: KRT 02001
Size: 3'8" x 3'8" 110 x 110cm

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Language: Pintupi

Country: Muyinnga WA

Born: c 1943 Tjiturrunya, about 100kn west of the Kintore ranges in Western Australia.

Solo exhibition celebrating 40 years of innovation within tradition by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa.

Sally Kemara Perkins

ARTIST: Sally Kemara Perkins
Title: Wild Flowers
Polymer acrylic on Belgian linen
Code: SP1175/11
Size: 4' x 3' 120 x 89 cm

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Susan Pitjara Hunter

ARTIST: Susan Pitjara Hunter
Code: EDASH1537/13 (23)
Size: 47"x20" 119 x 50cm

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Born circa 1966 into the Alyawarr tribe and the younger sister of artists Annie Pitjara Hunter, Jessie Pitjara Hunter and Sandy Pitjara Hunter, Susan lives at the outstation of Irrultja on Utopia in the Eastern Desert. She lives a traditional life spending all her time in the bush with her husband Clements. Susan Pitjara Hunter (also known as Susie) is one of the most gifted young emerging artists of this region...

Thomas Tjapaltjarri

ARTIST: Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Title: Tingari Cycle
Acrylic paint on Belgian Linen
Code: TTT 803
Size: 4' x 3' 121 x 91cm

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ARTIST: Topsy Peterson Napangardi
Code: TTP715 (131)
Size: 5’x3’ 151x91cm

Topsy is the younger sister of highly acclaimed artist, Lilly Kelly Napangardi. She has participated in several exhibitions including one to Japan in 2005. Topsy's language groups are Luritja and Warlpiri, and her country is Haasts Bluff, Mt Liebig and Kunatjarrayi. She paints a topographical view of her country at various times of the year using intensive dotting.

Walala Tjapaltjarri

ARTIST: Walala Tjapaltjarri
Title: Tingari Cycle
Code: TWT1511/8  (42)
Size: 5’x3’ 153x91cm

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Sometimes referred to as the Lost Tribe, Walala and his family group had first contact with the western world in 1984. Prior to this his family group had led a traditional nomadic life in the Gibson Desert. Walala paints the Tingari Cycle, which is a series of sacred and secret songlines. His language group is Pintupi and his country is Marua, Gibson Desert.

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

ARTIST: Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri
Title: Lake Mackay, Marua (WA)
Acrylic paint on Belgian Linen
Code: TWAT 802
Size: 4' x 3' 121 x 91cm

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Willy Tjungarrayi
ARTIST: Willy Tjungarrayi
Title: Men's Business
Code: KWJ 02002
Size: 4 X 14"   120cm x 36cm

Willy began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1976 and emerged as one of the senior Pintupi painters.

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