Bernard Tjalkuri | Artist Profile

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About

Bernard was born in the bush at Waltja rock-hole close to the home land of Kunumata in the far north west of the Pitjantjatjara Lands of northern south Australia in the 1930. Bernard's mother country is Watarru and his father's place is Aparatjara, which is located near Kanpi community. Bernard lived a traditional nomadic life in the desert prior to contact with Europeans. He remembers seeing white fella's travelling through his country as they headed west to Warburton Mission when he was a young man.

Bernard has the authority to paint many stories associated with his traditional country He is an important community elder with a wealth of knowledge of the Law or Tjukurpa. This cultural knowledge is handed down orally in the retelling of the Tjukurpa (traditional stories of the ancestor's journeys), which not only sustains Anangu (Aboriginal people) physically, but socially and spiritually. Tjukurpa painting depicts a fragment of a larger story, a living history where an ancestor was involved in creating country. Individuals have authority and ownership of this land and the associated sites and stories. The maintenance of this country is paramount to artists of Watarru and they continue to care and manage the land with respect and responsibility.

MEDIUM
Acrylic on canvas

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 PALYA: NYAPARI NOW, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2017 ‘Ngayulu Mantangka Walkatjunanyi’ Outstation Gallery Darwin.
2017 Good Together, Short Street Gallery Broome.
2017 Walkatjunanyi Inmaku, Redot Gallery, Singapore.
2017 Warka Kunpu, Raft Gallery Alice Springs.
2017 Bruxelles, Belgium - Group Exhibition « Empreintes Eternelles » at the Aboriginal Signature Estrangin gallery
2016 - Good Together, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2015 - Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2015 - Old Knowledge Young Blood, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2013 - APY Lands Survey Exhibition, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2013 - Titutjara: Always Here, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2013 - New Paintings, Chapman GAllery, Canberra, ACT
2013 - Tjintu Kutjupa Tjintu Kutupa - Desert Days, Reddot Gallery, Singapore
2013 - Shalom Gamarada Art Fair Woollahra, Sydney, NSW
2013 - Desert Mob 2013, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2012 - Tjungu Kutju-tu - Together as One, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2012 - Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2012 - Uwankara kurunpa kutju-tjara - Our People, One Soul, Alacaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2012 - Tjungu Palya 2012, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 - Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2011 - Watarru Tjukurpa, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 - Tjungu Palya - Masterpieces, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2011 - Watiku Tjukurpa Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2011 - Shalom Gamarada Art Fair Woollahra, Sydney, NSW
2011 - Wati Kalaya: Celebrating the work and life of Jimmy Baker, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT
2010 - Nganana Uwankaraku Tjukurpa Palyani Tjukurpa Mulapa - We are painting these sacred stories for you, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2010 - Inma Mantangka Ngarinyi -Song of the Land, Putipula Gallery, Noosa, QLD
2010 - Desert Country, South Australian Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2010 - Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2010 - 'Intangibles in Terra Australis', Sala kubo-kutxa in association with Marshall Arts, San Sebastian, Spain
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 - 'Raft Launch', Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT
2010 - Ngaranyi Kunpu - Standing Strong Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2010 - Tjungu Palya Survey Show, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 - Melbourne Art Fair Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Melborne, VIC
2009 - 'Kulini Ngura - Knowing Country', Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 - 'Desert Mob', Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2009 - 'Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award', Sydney, NSW
2009 - 'Tali Tjintiri - Tjintiri Munu Kapi Tjukula', Tjungu Palya Print Show, Nomad Gallery, Reflection Room, Holiday Inn, Darwin, NT
2009 - 'Tjukurpa Wirunya Nakyini', Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2008 - 'Tjukurpa Kutjupa Kutjupa Tjuta', Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, SYdney, NSW
2008 - 'Manta Nyangatja Pitjanjatjara', Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2008 -'Iwara Mantangka - Land Lines', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2008 - 'Tjungu Palyaku Warka Nyuwana', Reddot Gallery, Singapore
2007 - 'Uwankara Ngura Palya', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2007 - 'Nganampa Nguraku Tjukurpa', Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW
2006 - 'Desert Mob', Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2005 - 'New Work from the APY Lands', South Australia Museum, Adelaide, SA
2005 - 'Art from the APY Lands', Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA

COLLECTIONS
ARTBANK, AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT NATIONALCONTEMPORARY ART RENTAL
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CANBERRA,AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY.
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA.
FLINDERS UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY,ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
FLINDERS UNIVERSITY, ADELAIDE, SOUTHAUSTRALIA.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA,AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
THE ART GALLERY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
THE BEAT KNOBLACUCH COLLECTION, SWITZERLAND.
THE LARGERBERG-SWIFT COLLECTION
THE LEPLEY COLLECTION, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
THE MARSHALL COLLECTION
THE MERENDA COLLECTION
THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE COLLECTION, CANBERRA,AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY.
UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA, AUSTRALIAN CAPITALTERRITORY
UTS, SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES

BIBLIOGRAPHIES
2013 NPY Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation.'Traditional Healers of Central Australia:Ngankari.
2011 McCulloch, Susan. 'Hothouse of Desert Fair'Australian Financial Review, 17th September2011.
2011 Fulton, Adam. 'Dreamtime stories serve an new generation' Sydney Morning Herald, 19thSeptember 2011.
2011 Cruthers, John. 'A short history of art in the APYand NPY Lands'. Shalom Gamarada art seminar.Sydney, 18th September 2011.
2010 - Nunn, Louise. 'Bush Artists Take World By Storm, The Advertiser, March 8
2010 - Bevan, S. 'Exhibition Overshadowed by Death', The West Australian, March 17
2010 - Tjukurpa Pulkatjara - The Power of the Law, exhibition catalogue, Ananguku Arts Wakefield Press
2009 - 'Indigenous Art + Law + Healing, University Club, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA
2009 - Cruthers, John, 'Tjukurpa Mantataja - Stories from the Land', Australian Aboriginal Art, Issue 1, March 2009
2009 - IAD Press, Jukurpa Calendar
2008 - IAD Press, Jukurpa Calendar
2003 - Ngangkari work - Anangu Way: Traditional Healers of Central Australia', Ngaanyatjarra Pitjanjatjara Yankunyjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation, Alice Springs, NT

Artworks of Bernard Tjalkuri

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