Harry Tjutjuna | Artist Profile

Details of Harry Tjutjuna



Harry was born circa 1930 at Walytjatjara north east of Pipalyatjara, near the tristate border of South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia. He is a Pitjantjara speaking Ngankari, traditional healer and senior law man. He has a grown family and is twice widowed.

Harry's country is near Mt Davies in the north-west corner of South Australia close to the Western Australia and Northern Territory borders and that is where he was born in the bush. He came in to Ernabella as a young man and was educated at the Ernabella mission school. As a young adult he took an active part in the life of the newly settled community, working on bore sinking, fencing, gardening, and with the sheep which the mission ran to pay its way, and provide the medical services and education which were the purpose of the mission's foundation in 1937. Later Harry moved back to the far north-west with his family, living mostly in and around Wingellina in Western Australia, and Pipalyatjara on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.

Harry began painting in 2005 at Ernabella before moving to Pipalyatjara in 2008 where he paints at Ninuku. Harry paints a few favourite dreamtime stories including Wati Wanka: Spider man; Wati Nyiru, the man who chases the seven sisters; Wati Malu and the Kungka Mingakri's, the kangaroo man and the female mice. He also paints Kunka Tjuta, young girls doing milpatjunanyi, the traditional way of telling stories in the sand.

His whimsical themes, combined with a masterful use of brush, has quickly positioned Harry as one of the most highly sought-after artists at Ninuku. He is one of the greatest characters in the community with a wonderful sense of humour and a big laugh!

"Old generation are here now and I am old generation too. Lot's of old generation have passed away. What are you going to do? What happens when I pass away?...New generation got to learn Tjukurpa." (Harry Tjutjuna)


2014 - Harry Tjutjuna, Solo Exhibition, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2007 - Harry Tjutjuna- Recent Works, RAFT Artspace, Darwin


2017 - Jimmy Donegan and Company, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2017 - Retrospective, Ninuku Arts
2017 - Ninuku Prints
2016 - Ninuku Tjuta
2016 - Kala ngura ngayuku Colours of my home/country
2015 - Ninuku Tjuta
2015 - Ninuku Tjuta
2015 - Ninuku Tjuta
2015 - Araluen
2015 - Salon des Refusés – Darwin Festival
2014 - Ninuku Group Exhibition, Idaho, U.S.A.
2014 - Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs
2013 - Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2013 - Wati Pulka, Important Man, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2013 - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2012 - Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Ancient Land: New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, New York
2012 - One Song, Different Tune, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2012 - INMA: Our Ceremony, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2012 - Nganampa Ngura, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2012 - Four Artists, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2012 - Desert Mob 2012, Araluen, Alice Springs
2012 - Painting the Land, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2012 - APY Lands Group Show, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Stand, Melbourne Art Fair
2012 - Ngintaka, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
2011 - Western APY Lands, Touring Exhibition, Art Kelch Gallery, Germany
2011 - Wati Ngintaka Tjukurpa, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2011 - The Shared Language of Paint, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
2011 - Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2011 - Ngura Wirukanyanku - This is a Beautiful Place, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2011 - Ngura Inkanyi - Singing Country, Redot Gallery, Singapore
2011 - Five Strong Men, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2011 - Shalom Gamarada Charity Fundraiser, Sydney
2011 - Kulina Inma: Listen to Song, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2011 - The Chairmans Art Auction, Aboriginal Employment Strategy, Sydney, NSW
2011 - Recent Works by Ninuku Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2011 - Desert Mob 2011, Araluen, Alice Springs
2010 - A Watiku Show, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
2010 - Black-and-white Series, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Stand, Melbourne Art Fair
2010 - APY and Western Desert Exhibition, RAFT Art Space, Alice Springs
2010 - Warka Kuwari Walkatjunanyi: New Paintings by the Artists of Ninuku Artists, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2010 - Women and Colour, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2010 - Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs
2010 - Kulunypa tjuta painamilani, Short St Gallery in Cairns, QLD
2010 - Western Australian Art Award, Art Gallery of WA, selected finalist
2009 - Ngura Tjuta: Big Country, Ninuku Arts show, Short St Gallery, Broome
2009 - 26th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin.
2009 - Ninuku Artists 'Ngintaka Tjukurpa: Perentie Lizard Dreaming', Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2009 - Tjungu: All Together, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2009 - Kulila Nganampa Tjukurpa. Listen to our Stories. Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2009 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2009 - Ninuku Artists print exhibition ‘Pirinyi’, Nomad Art Gallery
2008 - Mark Making in Print, South Australian Impressions, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2008 - Pirinyi, Prints from Ninuku Arts Artists, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008 - Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2008 - Tjukurpa Kutjupa Kutjupa: Other Stories from Ninuku Arts and Tjampi Desert Weavers, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2008 - Our Mob, The Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2008 - A Way of seeing, Gallery Gondwana, Sydney, NSW
2007 - Anangu Backyard, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2007 - Whyalla Art Prize Finalist, Whyalla, SA
2007 - Ernabella- A Collection of New Works, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, VIC
2007 - Desert Master Class, Museum of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
2007 - Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2007 - Museum of Modern Art, Comune di Spoleto, Spoleto, Italy
2007 - Best of the Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2007 - Nganampa Ngura, Australia and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2007 - Visions of Country, Seymour College, Adelaide, SA
2007 - Ernabella- Recent Paintings and Ceramics Birrung Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2007 - APY Grandeur, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
2006 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2006 - Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Sydney/Alice Springs, NT
2006 - Anangu Backyard, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2006 - The Second Sharom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Uni of NSW
2006 - Artists in Residence, Sails in the Desert, Yulara, NT
2006 - Senior Pitjantjatjara Artists, RAFT Artspace, Darwin, NT
2006 - Itjanu, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, VIC
2005 - Anangu Backyard, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA


Kungka Tjuta, Mututa, Ngintaka, Wati Nyiru, Wati Wanka: Spider Man


AAMU Museum, Utrecht
Araluen Arts Centre
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Charles Darwin University Collection
The Lagerberg- Swift Collection
The Lepley Collection
The Marshall Collection
National Gallery of Victoria
Merenda Collection
National Gallery of Australia
Royal Automotive Club of Victoria
The W & V McGeoch Collection


2011 - Telstra Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin
2010 - Telstra Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin
2010 - Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
2009 - Telstra Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin
2009 - Togart Contemporary Art Award


2009 - Dr Ross Moore, ‘Ninuku Artists: Perentie Lizard Dreaming’, Australian Aboriginal Art, Issue 2 June 2009.
2009 - Nicolas Rothwell, 'Shifting Strands of the Desert', The Australian, 8th Sept 09
2009 - Charly Smith, 'Fresh look at Aboriginal stories', The Canberra Times, September 19 2009
2010 - Exhibition Catalogue, Desert Country, AGSA, Adelaide
2010 - Promotional material, Desert Country, AGSA, Adelaide
2011 - Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, Adelaide News, February
2011 - Jane O'Sullivan, Artists from APY Lands Travel to Germany, Australian Art Collector, April
2011 - ArtLink Indigenous Issue, Western APY Lands Boutique Art to Europe, Volume 31, June
2011 - Claire Eltringham, The Storyteller's Dream, The Art Pocket Guide, Singapore, June
2011 - Cover, The Chairman's Auction Catalogue, Aboriginal Employment Strategy Fundraiser, July
2011 - Judith Ryan, Living Water Catalogue Essay, NGV Publication, May
2011 - Claire Armstrong, Western APY Lands catalogue essay, ARTKELCH Gallery, touring exhibition
2011 - Nicolas Rothwell, Visions of a Changing Topography, The Australian Newspaper, 13th September 2011
2011 - Claire Eltringham, Five Strong Men catalogue essay, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2011 - Emily McCulloch Childs Blog, Desert Mob 2011,September 2011
2011 - Claire Eltringham, 'Storytelling' The Pocket Arts Guide, Singapore
2012 - Canberra Times, Black, White and Beautiful by Sasha Grishin, February 27 2012
2012 - Nganampa Ngura Catalogue, Essay by Claire Eltringham, May 2012
2012 - Jukurrpa Calendar 2013, Jukurrpa Books, IAD Press
2012 - Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Catalogue Essay by Nici Cumpston (AGSA), May 2012
2012 - Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Aboriginal Art in America, Again (Summer 2012) , June 24
2012 - Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Ancestral Modern in Seattle and Ninuku in NewYork, May 27
2012 - Artists Talking, A reportage of: Art, Design, Gallery & NYC Events by David Barish, New Palettes of Ancient Land, June 1 2012
2012 - Australian Consulate General (USA), Feature, June 2012
2012 - NAISA, Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Art Show in New York City by Willie Brown, Saturday 19 May 2012
2012 - PRI's The World (News Program), Vibrant Aboriginal Art Exhibit Gives Power To Indigenous Australians by Marlon Bishop, July 4 2012
2012 - Sun Valley Property News, Art Scene, Harvey Art Projects Goes Coast to Coast, May 2012
2012 - Kluge-Ruhe, Aboriginal Art Collection of University of Virginia, News Piece, May 2012
2012 - APY Art Bites into the Big Apple, Feature by Tim Lloyd,The Advertiser, Saturday June 30 2012
2012 - Australian Art Review, Rising Stars by Apolline Kohen, Sep-Oct 2012
2012 - Desert Mob lays out the legacy, Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian Newspaper, 13 September
2012 - Arts Hub, Desert Mob 2012 Review by Emily McCulloch Childs, September 24 2012
2012 - Angloinfo, Art & Exhibitions in Singapore, Singapore Event: 'Nganampa Ngura' (Our Place), 26 April 2012
2012 - artinasia.com, Nganampa Ngura (Our Place) - Senior men and women's paintings about their home country, ReDot Gallery 14 April 2012
2012 - artinasia.com, Ninuku Artists by Alcaston Gallery, Alcaston Gallery, 2012

Artworks of Harry Tjutjuna

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