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By Catherine Jaktman - Curator Featured

Canberra, Australia

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DESCRIPTION

Catalog Number: 14-AN359
Size: 40 x 80 cm (Stretched and ready to hang)
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen

Story:

This painting shows Takupalangu west of Kintore. This is Uta Uta Tjangala's country, which he has painted throughout his career. Nampitjinpa paints her father's country of rockholes (puli) and sandhills (tali). There is plenty bush tucker - mangilpa, which are little black seeds around. The road to Kiwirrkurra passes Takupalangu on the side.

Alice describes the big swamp of Takupalangu, in her Father's country. Takupalangu is filled up with bush vegetables called mungilpa. When Alice was a small girl she travelled this country with her family. Her mother used to collect mungilpa and pummel it into dough which she made into damper. It is also a good place for hunting bush meat as the swamp is surrounded by rock hills.

About:

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.

Collections:
•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:
•Radiance - Artwork from Desert Country at FORM, Perth
•Kaléidoscope millénaire avec les artistes d'Ikuntji2015-11-19
•Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair 2015-10-09
•Tarnanthi Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA 2015-10-08
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2015-09-03
•Ancestral Presence - recent works by Ikuntji Artists 2015-08-28
•Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT 2015-08-07
•Land Matters: recent artworks from APY Lands, Talapi, Alice Springs, NT 2015-06-28
•#ART4EDONT, Outstation Gallery, Parap and Environmental Defenders Office, Darwin, NT 2015-05-10
•Colors of Nature 2015-04-27
•OFF Fair 2015, Aboriginal Signature- Estrangin Fine Art, Tour & Taxis, Brussels 2015-04-24
•Spirit Country, Outback Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, VIC 2015-04-11
•Power of Place, FORM, State Theatre, Perth, WA 2015-04-10
•Artitja: The Gift Collection - Art + Objects, Artitja Fine Art, Fremantle, WA 2014-12-12
•Around the Campfire - Fundraiser Concert, Alice Springs, NT 2014-10-17
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2014-09-04
•Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT 2014-08-07
•21 Years Ikuntji Artists Festival, Ikuntji Artists, Haasts Bluff, NT 2014-06-07
•SOAF 2014 Seoul Open Art Fair, Seoul, Korea 2014-05-08
•The Bold and the Beautiful, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT 2014-03-12
•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, NT 2014-03-07
•Desert Minatures from Ikuntji Artists, Tali Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2013-12-01
•Tali Tali - Sandhills, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC 2013-10-08
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2013-09-05
•A Love of Country - the Indigenous Perspective, A Seymour College Art Exhibition 2013-08-16
•Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT 2013-08-08
•Sun Flying, A Bright Australian Desert Art Exhibition, Berlin, DE 2013-07-13
•SOAF - Seoul Open Art Fair, Seoul, Korea 2013-05-03
•IndigenousArt At IGS, Sydney, Tali Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2011-06-01
•Art Mob, Hobart, TAS 2011-01-01
•Ikuntji, Scotch College, Melbourne, VIC2 011-01-01
•Palya Art, Melbourne, VIC 2011-01-01
•Art Mob, Hobart, TAS 2010-01-01
•Artkelch Gallery, Germany 2010-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2010-01-01
•Qdos Gallery, Lorne, VIC 2010-01-01
•Land and Mythology - Art of the Western Desert, Artequity, Sydney, NSW 2009-01-01
•Value of Country, ArtKelch Gallery, Direct Invest, Germany 2009-01-01
•All About Country, ArtKelch Gallery, Freiburg, Germany 2009-01-01
•Palya Art, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2009-01-01
•Ikuntji Artists, QDos Arts, Lorne, VIC 2009-01-01
•Palya Art, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW 2009-01-01
•Men at Work, Aboriginal Art in der Fabrik, ArtKelch, Schorndorf, Germany 2009-01-01
•Ikuntji Icons, ArtMob, Hobart, TAS 2009-01-01
•Ikuntji meets Brisbane,Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD 2009-01-01
•Eunice & Alice (with Eunice Napanangka Jack), Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, NSW 2009-01-01
•Aboriginal Art - Window to Culture, ArtKelch, Australian Embassy (Australia Day Exhibition), Berlin, Germany 2009-01-01
•Alices Wonderland, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS 2009-01-01
•Ballan and Pannan Galleries, Alice Springs, NT 2009-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2009-01-01
•Palya Art, Cabinet Malemont, Paris, FR 2009-01-01
•Palya Art, Gallows Gallery, Perth, WA 2009-01-01
•Ikuntji Painters, Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane QLD 2008-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2008-01-01
•Best of the Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT 2008-01-01
•Cultural Connections - Desert Stories, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA 2008-01-01
•Ikuntji Women Painters, King fisher Gallery, Perth, WA 2008-01-01
•Group Exhibition, ArtKelch, Freiburg i.Br., Germany 2008-01-01
•Yungkiya & Kulunnypa - Old & New, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW 2008-01-01
•Ikuntji Now, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane QLD 2008-01-01
•Palya Art, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW 2008-01-01
•Alice Nampitjinpa (with Eunice Napanangka)Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2008-01-01
•Palya Art, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2007-05-01
•Palya Art, Darwin, NT 2007-01-01
•Desert Dreamings (Earth + Water), Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA 2007-01-01
•Booker Lowe Gallery, Texas, USA 2007-01-01
•Short St Gallery, Broome, WA 2007-01-01
•Senior Ikuntji Women, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC 2007-01-01
•Yaiti Yamimi, Bandigan Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2007-01-01
•Ngankirritja, Indigenart, Perth, WA 2007-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2007-01-01
•North Meets South- Ikuntji and Tjala Converge, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore 2007-01-01
•Genesis, Aboriginal Art Collection, Chicago, USA 2007-01-01
•Palya Art, Melbourne, VIC 2007-01-01
•Best Of The Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT 2007-01-01
•Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne,VIC 2007-01-01
•Anangu, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore 2006-01-01
•Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA 2006-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2006-01-01
•Alice Nampitjinpa, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2006-01-01
•Senior Aboriginal Women Artists of Central Australia, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA 2006-01-01
•Sydney Art Fair, Sydney, NSW 2005-09-10
•Strata: Deserts Past Present and Future, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT 2005-07-18
•Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT 2005-01-01
•Ikuntji Desert Belles, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore 2005-01-01
•Art Frankfurt, Germany 2005-01-01
•Indigenart, Perth, WA 2005-01-01
•Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2005-01-01
•Kaarkurutintya - Goanna Country: Recent Paintings from Haasts Bluff, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2005-01-01
•Alice Nampitjinpa and Eunice Napanangka - Ikuntji, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2005-01-01
•Indigenart, Perth, WA 2005-01-01
•Susan OConnell Gallery, Brisbane Art Fair, QLD2 005-01-01
•Concord, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT 2005-01-01
•Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne,VIC 2005-01-01
•Indigenart, Perth, WA 2004-01-01
•Desert Show, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT 2004-01-01
•Carole Queriye, London, UK 2004-01-01
•Red Dot Gallery, Singapore 2004-01-01
•Ikuntji – Stories from the Red Land, Rebecca Hossack, London, UK 2004-01-01
•Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT 2004-01-01
•Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD 2004-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Presinct, Alice Springs, NT 2004-01-01
•Monash University, Prato Centre, Italy 2003-01-01
•Mythology and Reality: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Desert Art, Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC 2003-01-01
•Mythology & Reality, Jerusalem Centre of the Performing Artist, Israel 2003-01-01
•Pintupi Women - Bush Stories, Ikuntji, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW 2002-01-01
•Ikuntji, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 2001-01-01
•Aborigena, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy 2001-01-01
•Our Country: Pintupi Women from Haasts Bluff, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT 2001-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2000-09-07
•Land of Diversity- The Northern Territory, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW 2000-01-01
•Ikuntji Artists, Desart Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2000-01-01
•Tjilkamata & Watuya (with Eunice Napanangka Jack), Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 2000-01-01
•Alice Nampotjinpa (with Narputta Nangala), Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 1999-01-01
•Ikuntji Tjuta- Touring Retrospective, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW 1999-01-01
•Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Presinct, Alice Springs, NT 1998-09-01
•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, VIC 1998-01-01
•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, NT1 996-02-10
•Ikuntji Minyma Tjuta, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 1996-01-01
•Minyma Tjukurrpa- Haasts Bluff/Kintore Canvas Project, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA 1995-01-01

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Aboriginal art, contemporary art, australian aboriginal art, Highly Collected Artist, fine art, High Quality, Ikuntji Artists, Haasts Bluff, northern territory