Tjawina Porter | Artist Profile

Details of Tjawina Porter



Tjawina Porter was born circa. 1930 and grew up in the desert near Yumara where she lived the traditional nomadic lifestyle with her family. After the death of her father, her family moved to the then newly established government settlement of Papunya. Tjawina now lives in Tjukurla, a remote indigenous community in the Western Desert of Australia which is close to her birth place. Tjawina is a skilled craft person, and was well known for her skills as a traditional basket weaver and carver of punu before becoming recognised for her exceptional painting skills, Her artworks represent the traditional homelands associated with her people's ancestral heritage. Her works are detailed in symbolism. The iconography depicts sand dunes known as tali and rock escarpments known as puli, as well as waterholes and food sources. Her designs are often used in body art during traditional corroborees. The artworks depict the physical markings that the ancient ancestors have provided to give evidence of their activities during the time of creation. In the years that Tjawina has been painting she has gained worldwide recognition, participating in many national and international group exhibitions. Her works are represented in private and public collection in Australia and overseas.


Acrylic on stretch canvas

2017 Ng Salon, Tarnanthi Fetsival, Raft Artspace & Hanging Valley, Praxis Gallery
2017 Ngurra: Home on the Ngaanyatjarra lands, South Australia Museum TARNANTHI
2017 Residency, Wintjiri Gallery 2017
2016 Residency, Wintjiri Gallery 2016
2015 Tunbridge Gallery
2015 Wintjiri Gallery
2014 Desert Mob 2014
2014 Our Home in Colour- Outstation Gallery
2012 Watch Me and Learn- Aboriginal and Pacific Arts Sydney
2011 Desert Mob Exhibition - Araluen Arts Centre Alice Springs
2009 Walka Putitja , Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA
2003 Tjanpi at the Kluge Ruhe, University of Virginia, USA
2003 Manguri Goes Home, Tyulyuru Cultural Centre, Waburton
2001 Manguri Weaving Visions Touring Exhibitions
2000 Womens Council 20 years , Desart Gallery, Alice Springs
2000 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Art Centre Alice Springs
1999 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Art Centre Alice Springs
1998 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Art Centre Alice Springs
1997 Tjanpi, Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
1996 Tjanpi, Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre
1996 BushBaskets and Bags, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1995 Womens Business Travelling , Womens Work from WA
1995 Artists in Residence Gallery, Perth, WA

Artworks of Tjawina Porter