Founders of the Central and Western Desert Art Movement

Papunya Tula Artists is entirely owned and directed by traditional Aboriginal people from the Western Desert. The aim of the company is to promote individual artists, to provide economic development for the communities to which they belong, and assist in the maintenance of a rich cultural heritage.

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28.03.14

JOB VACANCY- REMOTE ART WORKER

Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd has an exciting opportunity for a positive and culturally sensitive person to join the team. This full time permanent position requires regular travel to the communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkura working directly with the artists in two established art studios as part of a team of Remote Art Workers.

To download the details of the job description and selection criteria please hit the link below.

 
04.12.13

PAINTINGS STILL AVAILABLE FROM PTA'S ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF 2013

The available paintings have been uploaded on to the 'Collectables' gallery of the website.

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11.11.13

N. NAPURRULA c.1938 - 2013

Papunya Tula Artists are sad to announce the passing of N Napurrula. As many would know, Napurrula was a dialysis patient for many years with the 'Purple House' (Western Desert Dialysis). PTA would like to thank the Purple House staff for supporting Napurrula at Kintore while she was receiving treatment and also for the enormous amount of additional palliative care they provided.
Napurrula was one of the company's most high profile artists and was dearly loved by her family as well as all the staff here at PTA. She has left us with some wonderful memories and a countless number of extraordinary paintings.
She will be sorely missed by all of us.

 
23.10.13

GEORGE TJUNGURRAYI, RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA & WARLIMPIRRNGA TJAPALTJARRI at ReDot FINE ART GALLERY, SINGAPORE 23rd Oct - 30th Nov

Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd and ReDot Fine Art Gallery are proud to present an outstanding collection of paintings by three of Papunya Tula Artists' most important shareholders, George Tjungurrayi, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri. In total, 45 stunning works will be presented in what will be the company's 10th annual show at Asia's premier Indigenous art gallery, ReDot Fine Art Gallery.

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11.09.13

PTA ANNUAL EXHIBITION - 6pm FRIDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

Papunya Tula Artists are thrilled to announce the date of our end of year exhibitions. On Friday November 22nd PTA will be presenting three shows opening simultaneously on the Friday night at 6pm.

Gallery 1 will be showing, 'Recent Works', a collection of stunning, up to the minute recent paintings by the men and women artists of Kintore and Kiwirrkura.

In Gallery 2 we will be honouring a group of artists who are all currently receiving renal dialysis. These artists include Patrick Tjungurrayi, Hilary Tjapaltjarri, Ningura Napurrula and her son Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri. The proceeds from this show will be donated to the Western Desert Dialysis Unit to assist in extending its services further west to the Kiwirrkura Community. Significantly, this will mean that Patrick Tjungurrayi can finally move back to Kiwirrkura where he can receive treatment at home.

In Gallery 3 we will be presenting 'Tjupurrulaku', a much anticipated solo exhibition by Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. This will undoubtedly be one of the finest exhibitions ever hosted at our Alice Springs gallery and, along with the show by the dialysis patients, will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

We are also delighted to announce that 'Tjupurrulaku' will be opened by Nici Cumpston, Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

For any updates please keep an eye on our website.

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02.08.13

LANGUAGE OF THE LAND - THE ART OF PAPUNYA TULA ARTISTS

PAUL JOHNSTONE GALLERY 10th - 31st August

One of PTA's premier annual shows will open at Paul Johnstone Gallery in Darwin on Saturday 10th August at 1pm. 'Language Of The Land' will be a highlight during the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards weekend and will again showcase the very best of current work being produced by the artists of Kintore and Kiwirrkura.

For the full exhibition catalogue and more information please visit the links below.

http://www.ccae.com.au
http://www.ccae.com.au/Pages/Exhibitions/2013/PTA%202013/PTA%202013.html

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07.06.13

PTA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH UTOPIA ART SYDNEY

'Painting Now', and exhibition of recent works by the men and women artists of Kintore and Kiwirrkura will open at Utopia Art Sydney on July 6th at 2 Danks st Waterloo, Sydney. PTA are very proud of our long standing partnership with UAS during which time numerous landmark exhibitions have been held. This current selection of paintings again highlights the consistently high standard of quality works being produced by the leading artists of PTA. The exhibition will run until July 27th. For more information please visit the links below.

http://www.utopiaartsydney.com.au
http://www.reportageonline.com/2013/07/celebrating-papunya-tula-artists/

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28.05.13

PAPUNYA TULA ARTISTS RETURN TO GALLERY GABRIELLE PIZZI. JUNE 26TH - JULY 26TH

'Travelling Through Country', a selection of twenty four premium works from Papunya Tula Artists opens at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Fitzroy, Melbourne on June 26th.
This show consists of work by six of the company's highest profile painters, each contributing four works each. Senior artists Wintjiya Napaltjarri and Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula from Kintore, further establish themselves as key company figures and community leaders through their powerful work, while younger generation Kiwirrkura women Yukultji Napangati and Yinarupa Nangala continue to assert themselves at the forefront of the women's movement. Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and Nyilyari Tjapangati also offer up brilliant new works produced over the last twelve months.

For more details please visit http://www.gabriellepizzi.com.au

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19.04.13

JOB VACANCY - REMOTE ART WORKER

Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd has an exciting opportunity for a positive and culturally sensitive person to join the team. This full time permanent position requires regular travel to the communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkura working directly with the artists in two established art studios as part of a team of Remote Art Workers.

To download the details of the job description and selection criteria please hit the link below.

 
12.04.13

WINTJIYA NAPALTJARRI - FINALIST IN 2013 WAIAA

Papunya Tula Artists are thrilled to congratulate Wintjiya Napaltjarri on being selected as a finalist in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013.
This award is the nation's richest Indigenous art prize and showcases the diversity of art practice across the country. The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards comprises three non-acquisitive awards:
The Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000 will be awarded to the artist whose work is considered to be the most outstanding body of work in the Awards exhibition;
The Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000 will be awarded to a WA artist acknowledged as currently creating significant work; and
The People's Choice Award of $5,000 will be awarded to the artist who receives the highest number of visitor/online votes.

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Award opens on 23rd August and runs until 27th January 2014.

For more information visit the Art Gallery Of Western Australia on the link below.

http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/WAIAA_2013/wa-indigenous-art-awards.asp

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10.04.13

CROSSING CULTURES SET TO OPEN AT THE TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART, OHIO, USA

Crossing Cultures, The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, is set to open at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio this Friday April 12th. The exhibition will continue until 14th July. For more information on the show and related events please visit the Toledo Museum of Art on the link below.

http://www.toledomuseum.org

http://www.toledoblade.com/Art/2013/04/11/Toledo-museum-to-offer-distinct-dazzling-exhibit.html

http://www.toledofreepress.com/2013/04/16/toledo-museum-of-art-showcases-australian-aboriginal-art/

 
18.03.13

YUKULTJI NAPANGATI HIGHLY COMMENDED IN THE 2013 WYNNE LANDSCAPE PRIZE

Papunya Tula Artists would like to congratulate Yukultji Napangati in again making the final selection in this years Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her selection for the second time in the prize highlights Yukultji's outstanding career and further confirms her position as one of the company's most dynamic and appreciated artists. At the relatively young age of 43 she has become an artistic leader among her peers and has been instrumental in the development of women's art at her home community of Kiwirrkura.

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21.11.12

PTA 40th ANNIVERSARY GOES OFF IN STYLE! - 16th November 2012

A capacity crowd packed the Papunya Tula Artists gallery at 63 Todd Mall last Friday night to celebrate the annual exhibition and the Company's 40th birthday. Over 150 people from all over the country joined the local community, the artists and their families for a spectacular night that included speeches by the Company Chairman, Matthew Tjapangati, and shareholder Bobby West Tjupurrula.

To view works still available for sale from the exhibition, please visit the collectables page of our website.

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16.11.12

PAPUNYA TULA ARTISTS PTY LTD 1972 ~ 2012 - the artists' company celebrates 40 years

Artists, shareholders, families and staff of Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd are proud of the company's history and look forward to its future achievements. The year ahead offers reflections on aspects of its history, the individuals, circumstances and events that shaped the iconic company of artists.

Watch this site throughout the year as we share details of anniversary activities nationally, internationally and within the artists' company.

 
29.10.12

ARTKELCH CELEBRATES PAPUNYA TULA ARTISTS 40th BIRTHDAY

ARTKELCH, Papunya Tula Artists' representative gallery in Germany, are set to open an exhibition recognising and celebrating the company's 40th anniversary. The show featuring forty works by the artists of Kintore and Kiwirrkura will open at ARTKELCH's head office in Freiburg on November 10th and will run until December 8th.

For more information please visit the ARTKELCH website.

http://www.artkelch.de

 
29.10.12

iPHONE 5 COVERS RELEASED

New iPhone 5 covers produced by Cygnett featuring two works by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa have been released and will soon be available in a variety of stores worldwide.

To locate your nearest store and for more media coverage please visit these links.

http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/2012/11/05/iconic-aboriginal-art-for-an-iconic-21st-century-object/

http://au.cygnett.com/iphone/iphone-5th-gen.html

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04.10.12

PTA OPENING AT REDOT GALLERY SINGAPORE - 17th October to 1st December

Once again PTA in conjunction with REDOT GALLERY SINGAPORE are pleased to present yet another stand out exhibition of paintings from the Pintupi communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkura. This years show, Tjukurrpa Ngaatjanya Maru Kamu Tjulkura (Dreaming In Black And White), will feature thirty stunning works done solely in Black and White. This exhibition represents the ninth successive year of PTA showing with South East Asia's premier Australian Indigenous art gallery and rides on the back of highly successful previous exhibitions.

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03.10.12

PAPUNYA TULA ARTISTS 40TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION DATES 16th NOV - 3rd DEC

Papunya Tula Artists are excited to announce the dates for the 2012 end of year show. This years exhibition, featuring an outstanding selection of works from the artists of Kintore and Kiwirrkura, will open at 6pm on Friday 16th November until Monday 3rd December. It was on the 16th of November 1972 that the company was officially listed and this years exhibition will celebrate the company's 40th birthday.

In addition to the PTA exhibition at 63 Todd Mall will be a second enticing show hosted by the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs. This exhibition, opening the following day at 11am Saturday 17th November, will be a collection of eighty works loaned from the Alice Springs community, highlighting the keen interest and support of PTA by the towns locals over the company's forty year history.

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01.10.12

RONNIE TJAMPITJINPA SELECTED FOR iPHONE5 COVERS

Two images by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa have been selected by renowned designers from Cygnett to further add to their prestigious ICON Art Series product range. The two images, Echidna Dreaming and Rain Making, will appear reproduced on a range of products to be released globally by Cygnett in the coming months.

For more information and press articles please visit these links.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IlS6kjJjUA&feature=plcp

http://au.cygnett.com/press/press-images

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27.08.12

ANCESTRAL MODERN AT THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM, USA

The collection of Bob Kaplan and Margaret Levi is now on show at the Seattle Art Museum in Washington state, USA. With more than 100 works created from 1970 through to 2009, the exhibition showcases what has been called the artistic renaissance of the world's oldest living culture.
The exhibition, featuring several Papunya Tula artists', is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by Yale University Press.

Purchase the exhibition catalogue at: http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300180039

For more information visit: http://seattleartmuseum.org/ancestralmodern/

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13.08.12

PTA GO ON SHOW IN BERLIN - September to October 2012

Papunya Tula Artists are proud to be included in the exhibition, Murr-ma, opening in Berlin with Michael Reid Gallery. The show, featuring both Indigenous and Non Indigenous artists, will include Kintore painters Nyilyari Tjapangati, George Tjungurrayi, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Ningura Napurrula, Kawayi Namptjinpa along with Kiwirrkura artist Ray James Tjangala.

View the online catalogue at http://issuu.com/michaelreidart/docs/murr-ma

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09.08.12

OWEN AND WAGNER COLLECTION TO OPEN AT HOOD MUSEUM OF ART, USA.

A groundbreaking exploration of contemporary art-making practices among Australia's Indigenous peoples, drawn from one of the world's largest private collections of Aboriginal art, will open at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in September 2012. Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art, curated by Stephen Gilchrist, highlights this extraordinary collection through its display of more than one hundred works of contemporary Indigenous art from Australia.

View the press articles at:
http://hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu/docs/2012crossingculturesrelease.pdf
http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/finer-things/2012-10-05/aboriginal-art-hood-museum/
http://aboriginalartandculture.wordpress.com/

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02.08.12

VISUAL RHYTHM - Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin

CCAE in conjunction with Papunya Tula Artists present Visual Rhythm, a superb collection of recent works by the artists of Kintore and Kiwirrkura. This exhibition celebrates the company's 40th anniversary and recognises PTA's significant contribution to the Indigenous arts industry. Over its 40 year history PTA has maintained a high standard of work that continues to impress collectors world wide.

The exhibition runs from 11th August - 1st September. More at www.ccae.com.au

 
27.06.12

MAKINTI NAPANANGKA PAINTINGS LIVE ON - 18th Biennale of Sydney

In June last year, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd proudly endorsed the honour paid to her lifetime achievements through an appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia. This year her posthumous honours continue with the inclusion of paintings by the late Makinti Napanangka AM in the 18th Biennale of Sydney.

The 18th Biennale of Sydney is from 27 June until 16 September 2012 at venues across Sydney. Napanangka's paintings will be exhibited in the newly redeveloped gallery spaces of the Museum of Contemporary Art. More at: www.bos18.com/artist?id=29

 
09.06.12

DOREEN REID NAKAMARRA AND WARLIMPIRRNGA TJAPALTJARRI SHOW IN KASSEL, GERMANY

Doreen Reid Nakamarra and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri have been selected and invited to exhibit in the prestigious dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition. This is the 13th time dOCUMENTA has been held which now shows every five years since beginning in 1955 when Picasso and Kandinsky were included.

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11.05.12

NAATA NUNGURRAYI - unDisclosed, 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the NGA, Canberra

This year the National Gallery of Australia will celebrate the second National Indigenous Art Triennial, titled unDisclosed. From across the country, 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have been selected to represent Indigenous arts today. The artists hail from various regional centres, remote communities and capital cities in Australia - from the Top End of Australia, including the Torres Strait Islands, down to the south-west of Western Australia and the southern isle of Tasmania. Naata Nungurrayi is the sole artist representing the Western Desert.

unDisclosed, 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial is at the National Gallery of Australia from 11 May until 22 July 2012. More at: www.nga.gov.au/unDisclosed/

 
11.05.12

THE 37th ALICE PRIZE - recognises Yukultji Napangati's rising star

The announcement of Yukultji Napangati's 'Untitled' as the winner of THE 37th ALICE PRIZE at its opening on Friday night gave due recognition to her rising importance as a contemporary artist and was a proud moment for Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd.

THE 37th ALICE PRIZE is one of the country's longest running contemporary art prizes and is open to all Australian artists. The associated exhibition of finalist continues at the Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs until 10 June 2012. More at www.aliceprize.com

view the ABC news coverage

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19.04.12

WOMEN PAINTERS FROM KINTORE + KIWIRRKURRA - Metropolis Gallery, Geelong

Metropolis is proudly exhibiting a selection of recent paintings by leading and emerging women painters from the artists' company communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkura. Following a women's camp in the 1990s derived to explore painting in there own right, the painting women began to emerge as an important and influential aspect of the Western Desert art movement. In subsequent years women artists have received recognition through major art awards and exhibitions and are considered among the leaders of the movement.

The exhibition is from 19 April to 5 May 2012. More at: www.metropolisgallery.com.au

 
08.03.12

ART KARLSRUHE 2012 - Kahlsruhe, Germany

8 - 11 March 2012

Papunya Tula Artists will be represented at Art Karlsruhe 2012 by its representative gallery in Germany, Artkelch. It is a proud achievement that Artkelch will be representing leading Wesert Desert artists from Papunya Tula at the International Fair of Classic Modern and Contemporary Art in Kahlsruhe.

For more information visit: www.artkelch.de

 
06.03.12

MUST SEE IN MELBOURNE - Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi relocates to Fitzroy

Papunya Tula Artists' representative gallery, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, relocated late last year from the bustle of Melbourne CBD to new premises in a vibrant gallery precinct in Fitzroy. They got to feel out their new space hanging an inaugural Summer in Fitzroy 2012 show which featured many leading Papunya Tula artists.

Papunya Tula Artists wishes Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi well in their new gallery space and looks forward to seeing more work from the artists' company on their walls over the years. The new Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi premises are at 51 Victoria Street, Fitzroy, Victoria and their new phone number is +61 03 9416 4170. More at: www.gabriellepizzi.com.au

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17.02.12

WESTERN DESERT STATESIDE IN THE SKI FIELDS - Sun Valley, USA

Located among the popular ski fields of Sun Valley in Idaho, Harvey Art Projects USA, the Papunya Tula Artists' representative gallery in the US celebrates the history of the Western Desert art movement with a special exhibition titled Forty Years of Papunya Tula Artists. The show features a mixed selection of contemporary works by men and women from Kintore and Kiwirrkura.

The exhibition is from 14 February to 15 April 2012. More at: www.harveyartprojects.com

 
12.12.11

PURPLE TRUCK LAUNCHED - Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, 63 Todd Mall, Alice Springs

Since first donating paintings for a fundraising auction in 2000 that raised more than one million dollars, the artists' company, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd has provided much needed and ongoing support to dialysis health providers Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation.

As acknowledgement of Papunya Tula Artists' ongoing support, the dialysis health provider's newest facility will feature large reproductions of paintings by three leading Papunya Tula artists - Patrick Tjungurrayi, Ningura Napurrula and Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri - who each receive dialysis. Known as the Purple Truck (in keeping with other renal services) the new mobile renal dialysis unit is possible through funding from Medicines Australia and was launched at the Papunya Tula Artists' gallery in Alice Springs on Monday 12 December.

view the ABC TV news coverage

 
25.11.11

PAPUNYA TULA ARTISTS 2011 Exhibition - Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, Alice Springs

This year our exhibition featured a triple bill including two solo exhibitions by Nyarrumparra (Sister Brother) artists NAATA NUNGURRAYI and GEORGE TJUNGURRAYI as well as a mixed show, RECENT PINTUPI WORKS - see more details on each show below.

The exhibitions were opened by historian and former Papunya Tula Artists' Art Coordinator, Dick Kimber at 6pm on Friday 25 November and continues until Tuesday 13 December at the Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, 63 Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Central Australia.

Unsold works from these exhibitions are available from our online gallery - click the GALLERY button above or to view the exhibition hang click the image at right.

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25.11.11

NAATA NUNGURRAYI - Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, Alice Springs

Represented in national and international collections, and previously in over 100 group shows, it is a surprising omission of history that a Naata Nungurrayi solo exhibition had so far passed us by. Now her long anticipated first solo exhibition will provide a brilliant opportunity for her eager collectors and the art loving public at large to immerse themselves in her bold and emphatic paintings.

This Naata Nungurrayi solo exhibition opened on Friday 25 November and continues until 13 December 2011 at the Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, 63 Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Central Australia.

All works in the Naata Nungurrayi solo exhibition have been sold.

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25.11.11

GEORGE TJUNGURRAYI - Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, Alice Springs

Showcasing George Tjungurrayi's mastery of colour, tone and contrast with subtle variations to create shimmering optical interest. Tjungurrayi began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in the early 1980s and was first exhibited a decade later. Since then his paintings have appeared in over one hundred group shows, twelve public collections and now in this, his seventh solo exhibition.

This George Tjungurrayi solo exhibition opened on Friday 25 November and continues until 13 December 2011 at the Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, 63 Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Central Australia.

Only nine works are still available from this exhibition, These works are available from our online gallery - click the GALLERY button above or to view the exhibition hang click the image at right.

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25.11.11

RECENT PINTUPI WORKS - Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, Alice Springs

Celebrating 40 years of the Western Desert art movement with a mixed selection of recent works by men and women from Kintore and Kiwirrkura and featuring established Western Desert artists including Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Ningura Napurrula, Patrick Tjungurrayi, Kawayi Nampitjinpa, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Wintjiya Napaltjarri and Bobby West Tjupurrula along with younger artists Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati and Nyilyari Tjapangati.

This group exhibition opened on Friday 25 November and continues until 13 December 2011 at the Papunya Tula Artists' Gallery, 63 Todd Mall, Alice Springs, Central Australia.

Unsold works from this exhibition are available from our online gallery - click the GALLERY button above or to view the exhibition hang click the image at right.

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19.10.11

PINTUPI MEN - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore

ReDot Fine Art Gallery presents the eighth Papunya Tula Artists' showing in Singapore. This year's exhibition focuses in depth on paintings by men from Kintore and Kiwirrkura and features recent collectable work from the artists' company. Included is a fine selection of work by senior established artists: Patrick Tjungurayi; Ray James Tjangala and Nyilyari Tjapangati as well as a showcase of work from emerging artists of note: Morris Gibson Tjapaltjarri and Matthew West Tjupurrula.

The exhibition runs from 19 October to 30 November 2011. More at: www.redotgallery.com

 
14.10.11

WALUNGURRU 30 YEAR CELEBRATION - Kintore Community, Northern Territory

Friends and supporters are warmly welcomed to a weekend festival celebrating 30 years since Pintupi people walked back from Papunya to their homelands around the Western Australia / Northern Territory border and established the Kintore community.

The program will include many opportunities for old friends to catch up and honour the past, to hear from families and elders, and to participate in cultural, sporting and recreational activities. Also the festival will feature performances by Neil Murray (founding member of Warumpi Band), music workshops and performances by Shellie Morris, local anangu bands including Running Water, as well as children's performances, gospel choirs and traditional inma dancing.

The celebration runs from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 October 2011.

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08.10.11

NINGURA NAPURRULA - Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane

Ningura Napurrula completed her first paintings for the artists' company in 1996 and was exhibited that same year. She has since exhibited in over one hundred group shows internationally, had two solo exhibitions and her paintings are held in seven public collections. In 2003 she was chosen along with four fellow Papunya Tula Artists to have her painting reproduced on an Australia Post international stamp. The following year Napurrula was selected to have an example of her work incorporated into the architecture of the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.

Napurrula's current body of work continues to demonstrate her mastery of composition and attention to the dramatic elements while introducing a new style that resonates with her iconage that lays embedded in the Musee du Quai Branly.

This solo exhibition runs from 8 October to 5 November 2011. More at: www.suzanneoconnell.com

 
29.09.11

TJUKURRTJANU: ORIGINS OF WESTERN DESERT ART - The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Featuring 200 of the first paintings produced at Papunya in 1971 and 1972 by founding artists of the Western Desert art movement this important exhibition celebrates the two dimensional expression of an ancient four dimensional knowledge. 'Tjukurrtjanu: Origins Of Western Desert Art' gives prominence to the connection between the works of art themselves and their origins in the ephemeral designs of ceremony.

'Tjukurrtjanu: Origins Of Western Desert Art', a collaboration with Museum Victoria in partnership with Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, opens on 29 September 2011 and runs until 12 February 2012 before showing in Paris later that year. More at: www.ngv.vic.gov.au/tjukurrtjanu

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24.09.11

SPACE AND PLACE - Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo

Born in the 1940s in the desert near Kiwirrkura, George Tjungurrayi walked in to Papunya settlement as a young man and commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in the early 1980s. Almost three decades later, with paintings in over one hundred group shows, five previous solo exhibitions and his works in twelve public collections at home and abroad, George Tjungurrayi paintings invite enthusiasm.

The vibrant paintings of Tjungurrayi return to Utopia Art Sydney, the gallery of his first solo exhibition in 1997. Vibrancy is testament to his mastery of colour, tone and contrast and the effects of subtly varying those values to create optical interest. This George Tjungurrayi solo exhibition runs from 24 September to 22 October 2011. More at: www.utopiaartsydney.com.au

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13.09.11

PINTUPI TRAIL 2011 - Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

An acknowledging nod to the importance of Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd as pioneers of the Western Desert art movement and torchbearers of the recent Australian avant-garde. 'Pintupi Trail 2011' surveys contemporary work of established and emerging Papunya Tula artists including: Makinti Napanangka, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, George Tjungurrayi, Ningura Napurrula, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Nyilyari Tjapangati, Patrick Tjungurrayi and Yukultji Napangati. The exhibition is complimentary to the major retrospective 'Tjukurrtjanu: Origins Of Western Desert Art' that runs until 12 February at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

This Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi exhibition runs from 13 September to 22 October 2011 with a special opening held on Wednesday 28 September with visiting artists. More at: www.gabriellepizzi.com.au

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09.09.11

DESERT MOB - Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

Desert Mob is the premier Indigenous art event in Central Australia presenting the latest from each of the participating DesArt art centres. The exhibition showcases works by leading artists alongside works by emerging or younger artists and includes paintings, traditional artefacts, weavings, ceramics and other crafts.

The exhibition opens 9 September and continues until 23 October 2011. More at: www.desertmob.nt.gov.au

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27.08.11

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! - 40 years of the Western Desert art movement

27 August 1971 is the day Western Desert art began to manifest itself publically as Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa was named joint winner of the 1971 Caltex Golden Jubilee Art Award in Alice Springs.

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12.08.11

KAWAYI NAMPITJINPA - Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin

Having completed her first paintings for Papunya Tula Artists in 1998, this is the long awaited first solo exhibition of Kawayi Nampitjinpa and it coincides with her inclusion as a finalist in the 28th Telstra Awards. Nampitjinpa has painted regularly for Papunya Tula Artists since 2003 having exhibited in 28 groups shows throughout Australia and in Singapore and with her work being held in four public collections.

Kawayi Nampitjinpa joins a distinguished list of solo exhibitions curated by Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd that showcase leading and emerging artists with lives and practice embedded in the historic Aboriginal artists' company. She is a finalist in the 28th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award along with fellow Papunya Tula Artists Bobby West Tjupurrula, George Tjungurrayi, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Wintjiya Napaltjarri and Yakultji Napangati.

The exhibition runs from 12 to 30 August 2011. More at: www.ccae.com.au

 
12.08.11

DARWIN ABORIGINAL ART FAIR - Darwin Convention Centre, Waterfront Precinct

Once again Papunya Tula Artists will have a stall at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair to provide an opportunity to view and purchase their works from among more than 40 Aboriginal owned community art centres. The fair offers the possibility to explore the diversity of cultures, meet artists, participate in workshops and view collections from Arnhem Land, Central Australia, the Kimberley, the Tiwi Islands and the Western Desert.

The art fair runs from 12 to 14 August 2011. More at: www.darwinaboriginalartfair.com.au

 
11.08.11

TELSTRA GENERAL PAINTING AWARD 2011 WINNER - Bobby West Tjupurrula

Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd congratulates Bobby West Tjupurrula on winning the 2011 Telstra General Painting Award in the 28th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

Speaking from his home in the Gibson Desert before travelling to the awards ceremony, Mr West said "I think it is good. It has changed my mind. I thought people might not like my painting, but now I know my painting is taken seriously. I think it is exciting."

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08.08.11

THE ARTISTS' COMPANY - Papunya Tula Artists' brochure

Our current round of marketing materials includes a brochure featuring a number of images highlighting the company's proud history and showcasing the artists' fine work. Poignantly titled the artists' company, the document is a quick introduction to the fundamental role the company has in its artists' lives and the unique position those artists' have in the history of Australian art.

Click on the image at right for full caption details of images from the brochure.

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02.08.11

YUYUYA NAMPITJINPA & JOSEPHINE NAPURRULA - Indigenart at The Mossenson Gallery, Subiaco

A showing of two contemporary women painters from Papunya Tula Artists. Despite Yuyuya Nampitjinpa and Josephine Napurrula painting different sites and in differing styles, this exhibition discovers a beautiful harmony in their work.

The exhibition runs from 2 to 27 August 2011. More at: www.mossensongalleries.com.au

 
28.06.11

AUSTRALIAN ART REVIEW ADVERTISEMENT - Issue 28, July - August 2011

Our advertisement in the Aboriginal Art edition of Australian Art Review features a number of paintings denoting some forthcoming exhibitions and awards throughout Australasia involving Papunya Tula Artists. These include: Kawayi Nampitjinpa's first solo exhibition, six Papunya Tula Artists selected as finalists in the 28th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Nyilyari Tjapangati as finalist in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, a George Tjungurrayi solo exhibition, established and emerging Papunya Tula Artists showcasing in Melbourne coinciding with Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art at the National Gallery of Victoria and a Pintupi Men exhibition in Singapore.

Click on the advertisement at right to find further details of these events along with captioned uncropped reproductions of each work.

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13.06.11

MAKINTI NAPANANGKA AM - appointed a Member of the Order of Australia

Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd proudly endorses the honour paid to the late Makinti Napanangka's lifetime achievements through her appointment as a Member of the Order
of Australia.

A former shareholder and Director of Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, the award recognises Napanangka as a respected community member, senior Pintupi cultural custodian and matriarch to her extended family.

Foremost, she is identified as a highly esteemed artist and a leading figure in the emergence of women painters of the Western Desert Art Movement.

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10.06.11

REMOTE ARCHITECTURE AWARDED - Kiwirrkura Art Centre architects awarded

Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd congratulates Tangentyere Design, architects of their Kiwirrkura Art Centre and finalists for the prestigious 2011 National Architecture Awards in Hobart on 3 November. The peer-assessed awards of the Australian Institute of Architects involved a jury of national architects converging on the remote community of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. Clearly impressed with the Kiwirrkura Art Centre, the jury selected Tangentyere Design as winner of the Indigenous Community Architecture Award at the recent 2011 NT Architecture Awards in Darwin.

Thanks to Andrew Broffman and his team of architects at Tangentyere Design for their great work.

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09.06.11

PINTUPI ART 2011 - AP Bond Gallery, Adelaide

Showcasing diverse talent, this exhibition includes recent works from both established and emerging artists. AP Bond Gallery has represented Papunya Tula Artists for over 12 years.

The exhibition runs from 9 June to 2 July 2011. More at: www.apbond.com.au

 
19.05.11

28th TELSTRA NATIONAL ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ART AWARD FINALISTS - Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Papunya Tula Artists would like to congratulate Kawayi Nampitjinpa, Bobby West Tjupurrula, George Tjungurrayi, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Wintjiya Napaltjarri and Yukultji Napangati who have been selected as finalists in the 2011 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. The Telstra Award is the most prestigious national indigenous arts prize attracting the diversity of art practice from across the country.

The announcement of winners and the exhibition opening will take place in Darwin at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory on Thursday 11 August 2011. More at: www.nt.gov.au/nreta/museums/exhibitions/natsiaa/

 
07.05.11

40 YEARS OF PAPUNYA TULA ARTISTS - Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo

Celebrating 40 years of Western Desert art this exhibition places early Papunya boards alongside contemporary work in celebration of four decades of great art. Utopia Art Sydney is proud to have represented Papunya Tula Artists since 1988.

The exhibition runs from 7 to 28 May 2011. More at: www.utopiaartsydney.com.au

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15.04.11

YUKULTJI NAPANGATI - 2011 Wynne Prize

Papunya Tula Artists would like to congratulate Yukultji Napangati who is a Highly Commended Finalist in the 2011 Wynne Prize held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Yukultji's painting represent the site of Yunala in Western Australia. The lineal designs depict the sandhills surrounding the site and the travel of women across the country as the collected bush foods and performed ceremonies.

The Wynne Prize is one of Australia's longest running art prizes awarding $25,000 annually for the best landscape painting or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists completed during the preceding year.

The award runs from the 16 April to 26 June 2011.

 
13.04.11

30 UNDER 30 - Indigenart at The Mossenson Gallery

Collingwood, 13 April to 7 May 2011 and Subiaco, 20 April to 14 May 2011

Showcasing the talent and innovation of 30 emerging artists born since 1981. The exhibition is a celebration of youth and the continuity of indigenous culture that draws sustenance and inspiration from the example of legendary predecessors. Among the artists in this exhibition some are Papunya Tula Artists' descendents including Charmaine Nampitjinpa Kaapa (Untitled, 46 x 38 cm, acrylic on linen - at right). More at: www.indigenart.com.au

 
09.04.11

PAINTINGS FROM THE WESTERN DESERT - Metropolis Gallery, Geelong

Papunya Tula Artists welcomes Metropolis Gallery, Geelong as a new exhibitor of its artists' work. Metropolis is proudly exhibiting a selection of recent paintings that reflect the strong Papunya Tula style developed over its four decade history. Metropolis Gallery has a strong history of promoting regional and national paintings, edition prints, art glass, ceramics, sculpture and designer jewellery. As well Metropolis' storeroom hold a catalogue of collectable smaller works by important Australian Artists and culminates in two major Collectors Shows each year.

The exhibition runs from 9 to 23 April 2011. More at: www.metropolisgallery.com.au/artists/papunya_tula/index.htm

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05.04.11

NYILYARI TJAPANGATI - Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2011

Papunya Tula Artists would like to congratulate Nyilyari Tjapangati who has been selected as a finalist in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2011.
The award is the nation's richest Indigenous art prize and showcases the diversity of art practice across the country. The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards comprises three non-acquisitive awards:
The Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000 will be awarded to the artist whose work is considered to be the most outstanding body of work in the Awards exhibition;
The Western Australian Artist Award of $10,000 will be awarded to a WA artist acknowledged as currently creating significant work; and
The People's Choice Award of $5,000 will be awarded to the artist who receives the highest number of visitor/online votes.

The Western Australian Indigenous Art Award opens on 13 August and runs until 19 December 2011.

 
19.03.11

REVIVAL IN SMALL - Freiburg, Germany

19 March - 16 April 2011

Smaller works by leading Papunya Tula artists from the Western Desert bring warmth and colour to a dull rainy day in the Artkelch gallery in Freiburg, Germany.

For more information visit: www.artkelch.de

 
16.03.11

WOMEN FROM KINTORE - Indigenart at The Mossenson Gallery, Subiaco

16 March - 9 April 2011

A defining feature of Papunya Tula Artists since the mid-1990s has been the emergence of women as artistic leaders in the community. This exhibition features works by Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Tatali Napurrula, Nanyuma Napangati, Ningura Napurrula and Pantjiya Nungarrayi and Rubilee Napurrula. More at: www.mossensongalleries.com.au

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10.03.11

ART KARLSRUHE 2011 - Kahlsruhe, Germany

10 - 13 March 2011

Papunya Tula Artists will be exclusively represented at Art Karlsruhe 2011 by its representative gallery in Germany, Artkelch. It is a proud achievement that Artkelch will be representing leading Wesert Desert artists from Papunya Tula at the International Fair of Classic Modern and Contemporary Art in Kahlsruhe.

For more information visit: www.artkelch.de

 
25.02.11

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THE 37th ALICE PRIZE - recognises
Yukultji Napangati?s rising star

The announcement of Yukultji Napangati?s Untitled as the winner of
The 37th Alice Prize at its opening on Friday night gave due recognition to her rising importance as a contemporary artist and was a proud moment for Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd

The 37th Alice Prize is one of the country?s longest running contemporary art prizes and is open to all Australian artists. The associated exhibition of finalist continues at the Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs until 10 June 2012. More at www.aliceprize.com

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