Beryl Jimmy | Artist Profile

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About

Beryl Jimmy is a Pitjantjatjara woman living at the community settlement of Watarru, in the far northwest of South Australia, part of an area referred to as the Western desert. She was born in 1970. Beryl's work is inspired by a deep connection to country, and her spiritual links to the desert are expressed with integrity, beauty and creativity. Traditional knowledge of food collection and water sources were vital for survival in this dynamic desert landscape and is a prominent theme in her work.

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 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2016 - Good Together, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2015 - Mangkurpa (3), Redot Gallery , Singapore
2014 - The Womens Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2014 - Tjukutjuku walka walka walka walka walka pulka tjurkurpa, Outstation, Darwin, NT
2013 - APY Lands Survey Exhibition, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2013 - Tjungu Palya, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2013 - New Paintings Chapman Gallery,Canberra, ACT
2013 - Tjukurpa Wangka: Storytellers, Short St Gallery , Broome, WA
2013 - Minymaku Ara - Womens Way, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2013 - Tjintu Kutjupa Tjintu Kutupa - Desert Days, Redot Gallery, Singapore
2013 - Shalom Gamarada Art fair Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales
2012 - ‘Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa’ – Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2012 - Tjungu Palya 2012, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 - Desert Mob 2011 Araluen Art Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2011 - Wati Kalaya: Celebrating the work and life of Jimmy Baker Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT
2011 - Tjungu Palya Minymaku Tjukurpa Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2011 - Our Mob Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2011 - Watarru Tjukurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 - Tjungu Palya - Masterpieces Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2011 - Tjukurpa Manta Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT
2011 - Tjungu Palya Tjukurpa Aboriginal and Pacific Arts. Sydney, NSW
2010 - Tjungu Palya Survey Show Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 - Tjukurpa Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2010 - Inma Mantangka Ngarinyi - Song of the Land Putipula Gallery, Noosa, QLD
2009 - 'Tali Tjintiri - Tjintiri Munu Kapi Tjukula', Tjungu Palya Print Show, Nomad Gallery, Reflection Room, Holiday Inn, Darwin, NT
2009 - 'Kulini Ngura - KNowing Country', Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 - 'Wanampiku Munu Kalayaku Ngura', Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2008 - 'Tjungu Palyaku Warka Nyuwana', RedDot Gallery, Singapore
2008 - 'Generation Next', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2007 - 'Drawing Together', National Archives, Canberra, ACT
2007 - 'Watarru Tjukurpa', Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2006 - 'Desert Mob', Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2006 - 'Anangu Backyard', Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA

COLLECTIONS
Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC
Flinders University, Adelaide SA
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
The Beat Knoblacuch Collection, Switzerland
The Lepley Collection, Perth, WA
Parliament House, Adelaide, SA
Primary Industry and Resources, Adelaide, SA
Department of Environment and Heritage, SA
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
The Parliament House Collection, Canberra, ACT
University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT

AWARDS
2017 - Finalist, Wynne Prize
2013 - Finalist 30th Telstra National Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander Art Award
2007 - Drawing Together, Caring for Country Award, The Australian Public Service Commission in partnership with the National Archives of Australia and the National Museum of Australia
'Kuku Kanyini' 2007

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2010 - James, Dianna. 'Colour comes up from the ground' Outstation catalogue, Darwin, 2010

Artworks of Beryl Jimmy