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Catherine Jaktman - Curator

Canberra, Australia

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Tjilkamala - Porcupine rockhole


Catalog Number: 15-AN192
Size: 60 x 60 cm
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Canvas


This is the story of Tjilkamala - the porcupine man. He is travelling around Talaalpi, west of Kintore and is looking for ants. He digs for them in the ground and creates holes. Meanwhile tracking behind him are women out hunting, hoping to make the porcupine their tucker for the evening. These holes fill with water after the rain and with the morning dew. Over many years they have become rockholes.

This work is the story of Alice's personal Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) - the Porcupine. The setting is the rockholes in and around the swamp of Talaapi in Western Australia.


Alice was born in 1943 near Talaalpi, which is a swamp near and a little bit to the east of Walungurru on the Western Australian border. Prior to her painting Alice worked for many years at the Kintore School teaching the young girls dancing and the traditions of the desert people. Alice started painting on the “Minyama Tjukurrpa” – the Kintore Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project. As a painter she is inspired by her rich cultural heritage, and thrives when involved with her stories and lore. Alice is an active “dancing woman” who travels widely to participate in annual ceremonies and “Women’s Law” meetings. Alice’s tjukurrpa is the porcupine or Tjilkamata. Her story is told in bright colours often utilizing orange and yellow to mirror the ochres that are used in ceremonial body painting. In her tjukurrpa story there is often the porcupine scurrying about rock holes and hiding places looking for tucker while nearby the women are themselves hunting, laying in wait for the porcupine. Alice is a keen hunter and likes to go hunting with Eunice Jack. Alice’s father was the late Uta Uta Tjangala, who was one of the original Papunya Tula painters. His Tjukurrpa is Pungkalungka at Takpalangu. Pungkalungka’s are dangerous, and sometimes kill and eat people. They live in huge caves in the hills. Alice only paints the entrance to the caves to signify the unknown danger of the monster that dwells within. Her father’s country is Ngurrapalangu, and her tjukurrpa has passed to her from this place – the porcupine was travelling through the sand hills and passing near the two carpet snakes, kuniya kutjarra, who were living underneath the water. Alice also enjoys the other crafts and is involved in producing hand-spindled hairstring for ceremonies and ininiti necklaces and mats. She regularly goes out bush to collect ininti seeds then laboriously pierces them with hot wire to make beads for necklaces, bracelets or mats.

•Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, NL
•Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW
•Arts Daustralie Stephane Jacob, Paris, FR
•Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Melbourne, VIC
•Harold Mitchell Foundation, Melbourne, VIC
•Heide Muesum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC
•Myer Baillieu Collection, de Young Museum, San Fransico, USA
•National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
•National Gallery of Victoria, VIC
•Parlament House Collection, Canberra, ACT
•Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
•Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
•University of Queensland Art Collection, Brisbane, QLD
•Active Youth Collection, Japan
•Griffith University, QLD
•Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
•The Owen and Wagner Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art

Past Exhibitions:
•Alice-Nampijinpa-14-AN174-Tali-Tali-Sandhills-60-by-90cm-acrylic-on-belgian-linen1-630x413Radiance – Artwork from Desert Country at FORM, Perth Ended 6 months ago
•Kaléidoscope millénaire avec les artistes d'Ikuntji2015-11-19
•Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair2015-10-09
•Tarnanthi Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA2015-10-08
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2015-09-03
•Ancestral Presence - recent works by Ikuntji Artists2015-08-28
•Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT2015-08-07
•Land Matters: recent artworks from APY Lands, Talapi, Alice Springs, NT2015-06-28
•#ART4EDONT, Outstation Gallery, Parap and Environmental Defenders Office, Darwin, NT2015-05-10
•Colors of Nature2015-04-27
•OFF Fair 2015, Aboriginal Signature- Estrangin Fine Art, Tour & Taxis, Brussels2015-04-24
•Spirit Country, Outback Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, VIC2015-04-11
•Power of Place, FORM, State Theatre, Perth, WA2015-04-10
•Artitja: The Gift Collection - Art + Objects, Artitja Fine Art, Fremantle, WA2014-12-12
•Around the Campfire - Fundraiser Concert, Alice Springs, NT2014-10-17
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2014-09-04
•Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT2014-08-07
•21 Years Ikuntji Artists Festival, Ikuntji Artists, Haasts Bluff, NT2014-06-07
•SOAF 2014 Seoul Open Art Fair, Seoul, Korea2014-05-08
•The Bold and the Beautiful, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT2014-03-12
•The Bold and The Beautiful - new works from Ernabella Arts, Ikuntji Artists, Ninuku Artists, Tjala Arts and Tjungu Palya Artists AMONGST OTHERS, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT2014-03-07
•Desert Minatures from Ikuntji Artists, Tali Gallery, Sydney, NSW2013-12-01
•Tali Tali - Sandhills, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC2013-10-08
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2013-09-05
•A Love of Country - the Indigenous Perspective, A Seymour College Art Exhibition 2013-08-16
•Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT2013-08-08
•Sun Flying, A Bright Australian Desert Art Exhibition, Berlin, DE2013-07-13
•SOAF - Seoul Open Art Fair, Seoul, Korea2013-05-03
•IndigenousArt At IGS, Sydney, Tali Gallery, Sydney, NSW2011-06-01
•Art Mob, Hobart, TAS 2011-01-01
•Ikuntji, Scotch College, Melbourne, VIC2011-01-01
•Palya Art, Melbourne, VIC2011-01-01
•Art Mob, Hobart, TAS2010-01-01
•Artkelch Gallery, Germany2010-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2010-01-01
•Qdos Gallery, Lorne, VIC2010-01-01
•Land and Mythology - Art of the Western Desert, Artequity, Sydney, NSW2009-01-01
•Value of Country, ArtKelch Gallery, Direct Invest, Germany2009-01-01
•All About Country, ArtKelch Gallery, Freiburg, Germany2009-01-01
•Palya Art, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW2009-01-01
•Ikuntji Artists, QDos Arts, Lorne, VIC2009-01-01
•Palya Art, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW2009-01-01
•Men at Work, Aboriginal Art in der Fabrik, ArtKelch, Schorndorf, Germany2009-01-01
•Ikuntji Icons, ArtMob, Hobart, TAS2009-01-01
•Ikuntji meets Brisbane,Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD2009-01-01
•Eunice & Alice (with Eunice Napanangka Jack), Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, NSW2009-01-01
•Aboriginal Art - Window to Culture, ArtKelch, Australian Embassy (Australia Day Exhibition), Berlin, Germany2009-01-01
•Alices Wonderland, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS2009-01-01
•Ballan and Pannan Galleries, Alice Springs, NT2009-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2009-01-01
•Palya Art, Cabinet Malemont, Paris, FR2009-01-01
•Palya Art, Gallows Gallery, Perth, WA2009-01-01
•Ikuntji Painters, Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane QLD2008-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2008-01-01
•Best of the Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT2008-01-01
•Cultural Connections - Desert Stories, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA2008-01-01
•Ikuntji Women Painters, King fisher Gallery, Perth, WA2008-01-01
•Group Exhibition, ArtKelch, Freiburg i.Br., Germany2008-01-01
•Yungkiya & Kulunnypa - Old & New, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW2008-01-01
•Ikuntji Now, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane QLD2008-01-01
•Palya Art, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW2008-01-01
•Alice Nampitjinpa (with Eunice Napanangka)Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC2008-01-01
•Palya Art, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW2007-05-01
•Palya Art, Darwin, NT2007-01-01
•Desert Dreamings (Earth + Water), Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA2007-01-01
•Booker Lowe Gallery, Texas, USA2007-01-01
•Short St Gallery, Broome, WA2007-01-01
•Senior Ikuntji Women, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC2007-01-01
•Yaiti Yamimi, Bandigan Gallery, Sydney, NSW2007-01-01
•Ngankirritja, Indigenart, Perth, WA2007-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2007-01-01
•North Meets South- Ikuntji and Tjala Converge, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore2007-01-01
•Genesis, Aboriginal Art Collection, Chicago, USA2007-01-01
•Palya Art, Melbourne, VIC2007-01-01
•Best Of The Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT2007-01-01
•Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne,VIC2007-01-01
•Anangu, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore2006-01-01
•Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA2006-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2006-01-01
•Alice Nampitjinpa, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC2006-01-01
•Senior Aboriginal Women Artists of Central Australia, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA2006-01-01
•Sydney Art Fair, Sydney, NSW2005-09-10
•Strata: Deserts Past Present and Future, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT2005-07-18
•Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT2005-01-01
•Ikuntji Desert Belles, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore2005-01-01
•Art Frankfurt, Germany2005-01-01
•Indigenart, Perth, WA2005-01-01
•Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC2005-01-01
•Kaarkurutintya - Goanna Country: Recent Paintings from Haasts Bluff, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC2005-01-01
•Alice Nampitjinpa and Eunice Napanangka - Ikuntji, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC2005-01-01
•Indigenart, Perth, WA2005-01-01
•Susan OConnell Gallery, Brisbane Art Fair, QLD2005-01-01
•Concord, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT2005-01-01
•Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne,VIC2005-01-01
•Indigenart, Perth, WA2004-01-01
•Desert Show, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT2004-01-01
•Carole Queriye, London, UK2004-01-01
•Red Dot Gallery, Singapore2004-01-01
•Ikuntji – Stories from the Red Land, Rebecca Hossack, London, UK2004-01-01
•Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT2004-01-01
•Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD2004-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Presinct, Alice Springs, NT2004-01-01
•Monash University, Prato Centre, Italy2003-01-01
•Mythology and Reality: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Desert Art, Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC2003-01-01
•Mythology & Reality, Jerusalem Centre of the Performing Artist, Israel2003-01-01
•Pintupi Women - Bush Stories, Ikuntji, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW2002-01-01
•Ikuntji, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC2001-01-01
•Aborigena, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy2001-01-01
•Our Country: Pintupi Women from Haasts Bluff, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT2001-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT2000-09-07
•Land of Diversity- The Northern Territory, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW2000-01-01
•Ikuntji Artists, Desart Gallery, Sydney, NSW2000-01-01
•Tjilkamata & Watuya (with Eunice Napanangka Jack), Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne2000-01-01
•Alice Nampotjinpa (with Narputta Nangala), Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC1999-01-01
•Ikuntji Tjuta- Touring Retrospective, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW1999-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Presinct, Alice Springs, NT1998-09-01
•Adelaide Fringe Festival, Desart Exhibition, Adelaide, SA 1998-02-16
•Raiki Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait, National Gallery of Victoria, VIC1998-01-01
•Ikuntji: Paintings from Haasts Bluff, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT1998-01-01
•Bischoffs, California, USA1998-01-01
•National Heritage Art Award, Canberra, ACT1998-01-01
•Ikuntji Paintings, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth, WA1998-01-01
•14th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT1997-02-10
•Ikuntji Tjuta, Alliance Francaise, Canberra, ACT1997-01-01
•Ikuntji Tjuta,Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA1997-01-01
•Circles about the Body, University Gallery, University of Tasmania,TAS1997-01-01
•28th Alice Prize, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT1997-01-01
•Fishers Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown, NSW1997-01-01
•13th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT1996-02-10
•Ikuntji Minyma Tjuta, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC1996-01-01
•Minyma Tjukurrpa- Haasts Bluff/Kintore Canvas Project, Tandanya, Adelaida,SA1995-01-01

This painting is stretched and ready to hang and comes with a COA.


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