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Ginger was born at Kunamata a rock hole south of Nyapari in 1930. His father had three wives. Wingu Tingima is the daughter of the first wife and Ginger the son of the second. Ginger is a senior law man and has cultural responsibilities for both Kunamata and Piltati.His passion for land management and horticulture has taken him to Israel where he learnt about arid land techniques and Mutijulu where he worked for many years as a ranger for Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Ginger Wikilyiri's marvellously expressive and vibrantly coloured works embody a wealth of traditional knowledge. His works feature in major public institutions and private collections both locally and internationally.
"In terms of formal artistic properties, Ginger Wikilyiri's works are tours de force. In Ngintaka munu Panukura, Wikilyiri's control over his palette, his figurative rendition of the goanna and the death adders (indicating sorcerers intent, in both cases), his use of line and dotting patterning and the work's overall compositional elements are impressive and even inspiring. Wikilyiri's beautifully made concentric circles, joined in some instances by wavy lines to signal Tingari travelling through the desert, are not only aesthetically pleasing but convey another important dimension of this work.
The concentric circles in Ngintaka munu Panukura are indicative of the journeying of the Tingari Ancestors through this vast stretch of country. Tingari are Ancestor figures, Creator Beings, the bringers of Law and life to the land, who often sing and dance their way across 'country'. In the past young initiates took long post-initiatory trips to re-trace the footsteps of Tingari Ancestors sing the sacred songs associated with the Perentie Man - who is one of their own." Dr Christine Nicholls.
Acrylic on canvas
Wati Ngintaka
2018 Tjungunku Tjukurpa Kunpu Rawangku Kanyinytjaku: Together We Are Protecting Our Stories, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2017 Territoire Du Reve, The Pierre Arnaud Foundation, Switzerland
2017 - PALYA: NYAPARI NOW, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2017 - ‘Ngayulu Mantangka Walkatjunanyi’ Outstation Gallery Darwin.
2017 - Warka Kunpu, Raft Gallery Alice Springs.
2017 - Bruxelles, Belgium - Group Exhibition « Empreintes Eternelles » at the Aboriginal Signature • Estrangingallery
2016 - Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars, Sydney, NSW.
2016 - Good Together, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2015 - Desert Mob Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2014 - 'Papa Ipi Tjurrkapa' (Dog Dreaming) Short St Gallery Broome WA
2014 - Tjukutjuku walka walka walka walka walka pulka tjurkurpa, Outstation, Darwin, NT
2013 - A study of the Figurative in Desert painting, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2013 - Titutjara: Always Here, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2013 - New Paintings Chapman Gallery,Canberra
2013 - Tjungu Palya, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2013 - Tjintu Kutjupa Tjintu Kutupa - Desert Days, Reddot Gallery, Singapore
2013 - Tjukurpa Wangka: Storytellers. Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2013 - Desert Mob 2013 Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2012 - Deadly- In Between Heaven and Hell, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
2012 - ‘Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa’ – Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2012 - Tjungu Kutju-tu: Together as One, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2012 - Desert Mob 2012, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
2012 - Tjungu Palya 2012, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 - Watarru Tjukurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 - Living Water National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
2011 - Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa Aboriginal and Pacific Arts. Sydney, NSW
2011 - 'Tjungu Palya 2011' Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2011 - 'Green' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 - 'Tjungu Palya - Masterpieces' Chapman Gallery, Canberra,ACT
2011 - 'Western APY Lands Art Kelch, Freiburg, Germany
2010 - 'Partnerships', Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2010 - 'Senior Artists - Important New Works', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2010 - 'Tjukurpa Pulkatjara: The Power of the Law', South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2010 - 'Intangibles in Terra Australis', Sala kubo-kutxa in association with Marshall Arts, San Sebastian, Spain
2010 - 'Tjungu Palya Survey Show' Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2010 - 'Tjukurpa' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2010 - 'Our Mob', Adelaide Festival, SA
2010 - 'Australian COntemporary Indigenous Art- Now' Chirascuro Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (in conjunction with Vivienne Anderson Gallery)
2010 - 'Melbourne Art Fair, Aboriginal&Pacific Arts, Melbourne VIC
2010 - 'Desert Country', Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA
2010 - 'Inma Manrtangka Ngarinyi - Song of the Land Putipula Gallery, Noosa QLD
2010 - 'Ngaranyi Kunpu - Standing Strong', Aboriginal&Pacific Arts, Sydney ,NSW
2010 - 'Art Bodensee Art Fair' Art Kelch Gallery, Dormbirn, Austria Germany.
2009 - 'Tali Tjintiri - Tjintiri Munu Kapi Tjukula', Tjungu Palya Print Show, Nomad Gallery, Refection Room, Holiday Inn, Darwin, NT
2009 - 'Wanapiku Munu Kalayaku Ngura', Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2009 - 'Kulini Ngura - Knowing Country', Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 - 'Our Mob', Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2009 - 'Tjukurpa Wirunya Kanyini', Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2009 - 'Masterstroke', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2009 - 'Anangu Backyard', Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2009 - 26th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2008 - 'Tjukurpa Kutjupa Kutjupa Tjuta', Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2008 - 'Tjungu Palya Warka Nyuwana', RedDot Gallery, Singapore
2008 - 'Tjukurpa Kunpu', Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2008 - 'Manta Nyangatja Pitjanjatjara', Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2008 - 'Iwara Mantangka - Land Lines', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2008 - Melbourne Art Fair, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2007 - 'Uwankara Ngura Palya', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2007 - 'Celebration', Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2007 - 'Piltati', Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2007 - 'Above and Beyond', Michael Reid - Caruana & Reid Fine Art, NSW
2007 - 'Nganampa Nguraku Tjukurpa', Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2006 - 'Sala Festival', Art Images, South Australia (With Tjala Arts)
2006 - 'ONE: emerging South Australian Artists', Pembroke Foundation, SA
2006 - 'Kluge-Ruhe', University of Virginia, USA (With Tjala Arts)
2006 - 'Tjukurpa Mantatja', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2006 - ''Anangu Backyard', Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2005 - 'Waku Kunpu - Strong Work', Bandigan Art, NSW (With Tjala Arts)
Araluen Art Collection Department of Natural Resources, Enviroment, The Arts and Sport
The Parliament House Collection, Canberra, ACT
Artbank, Australian Government National Contemporary Art Rental
Macquarie Bank
Flinders university, Adelaide South Australia
Lagerberg-Swift Collection, Perth Western Australia
Marshall Collection, Adelaide, South Australia
Merenda Collection, Perth Western Australia
The Beat Knoblacuch Collection , Switzerland
Flinders university, Adelaide, SA
University of Canberra, ACT
The Lepley Collection,Perth, WA
Dr. Ian Bernadt Collection, Perth Western Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, NGV. Melbourne, VIC
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
The Corrigan Collection, Perth Western Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
National Gallery of Australia , NGA. Canberra, ACT
Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC
W & V McGeoch, Melbourne, VIC
The Collection of Berengere Primat, Geneva Switzerland
The Kennedy Collection, Sydney NSW
2013 - Finalist 30th Telstra National Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander Art Award
2011 - Finalist 28th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2010 - Finalist 27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2009 - Finalist 26th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2012 - Cover of 'Articulate: Art Gallery of SouthAustralia', Issue no.7 Winter 2012
2012 - Nici Cumpston. 'New to the Collection' Articulate: Art Gallery of South Australia, Issue no.7 Winter2012, pg 32-33
2012 - Croft, Brenda. 'Cultural Efflores(s)ence' Deadly: InBetween Heaven and Hell catalogue, TandanyaNational Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide2012
2011 - IAD Press Jukurpa Calendar, internal image - ' Kunumata 2009'
2010 - Nicholls, Christine Dr. ' Australian COntemporary Indigenous Art Now' exhibition catalogue. Vivienne Anderson Gallery & Chirascuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, USA
2010 - Edwards, Verity. 'Out of the Desert Great Artists to come' The AUstralian Newspaper, 2/11/2010.
2010 - James, Dianna. 'Colour comes up from the ground' Outstation Gallery, catalogue, Darwin 2010.
2010 - Cumpston, Nici with Patton, Barry. 'Desert Country' Exhibition catalogue. AGSA 2010 pg 166-67. Art Gallery of Sout Australia
2010 - Lloyd, Tim. 'Ginger Wikilyiri's Brush with Fame' the Advertiser, October 29th, 2010.
2010 - Nunn, Louise. 'Bush Artists Take Word By Storm', The Advertiser, March 8
2010 - Tjukurpa Pulkatjara: The Power of the Law', South Australian Museum exhibition catalogue, Ananguku Arts Wakefield Press, p. 38-39
2010 - IAD Press, Jukurpa Calendar
2010 - IAD Press, Jukurpa Diary, cover image
2009 - Rothwell, Nicholas. 'Painting the Song of the Land', The Australian, 11 Sept 2009
2009 - Cruthers, John, 'Tjukurpa Mantataja - Stories from the Land', Australian Aboriginal Art, Issue 1. March 2009
2009 - IAD Press, Jukurpa Diary, Internal image
2008 - IAD Press, Jukurpa Diary, internal image, 'Ngayuku Ngura My Country'.
2007 - Ogilvy, Charly. 'Tradition and Exploration Mix in Joy of Contemporary Indigenous Art', The Canberra Times, 25 October 2007
2007 - IAD Press, Jukurpa Calendar

Artworks of Ginger Wikilyiri