Tjunka Lewis | Artist Profile

Details of Tjunka Lewis

About

Tjunka Lewis is from Papulankutja/Blackstone. He is famous for his beautiful wood carving and spear making. He worked for many years in Blackstone and originally painted with the Papulankutja Artists until he went to Wanarn where he worked with Warakurna Artists. Tommy Mitchell is his nephew and they often painted together collaboratively. Tjunka paints from his country, Wakalpuka and Walu. Tjunka mostly paints a story about the Patjarrtja (native quoll) which is now extinct. Tommy Mitchell says that Jjunka's country Wakalpuka, a rockhole at the base of Mt Fanny on the road from Warakurna to Blackstone is a special place. Tjunka also paints a story about emu man.

MEDIUM
Acrylic on canvas

THEMES
Walpapulka
Nganturn
Patjarrjta

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007 - Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs
2008 - Watilu Minymalu Kulira Watjarra Tjukurrpa Purlkanya Mularrpa: 'Men and Women Know and Speak of Their Profound Knowledge', Randell Lane Fine Arts, Perth
2008 - Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs
2008 - Warakurna Artists and Wanarn Aged Care Paintings, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney
2009 - Printingpa Ngaanya Yanku Kayili: 'Warakurna Paintings Travelling North', Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2009 - Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs
2009 - Warakurna Artists Group Exhibition, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney
2010 - Warakurna Artists and Tjanpi Desert Weavers Exhibition, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
2010 Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Aboriginal and Pacific Art
2011 Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
2011 Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2012 Wati Tjilpiku Canvas. Raft Artspace. Alice Springs
2012 Purnu, Tjanpi and Canvas - Art from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia. Perth
2012 Warakurna and Wanarn - Group Show. Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney 2012 Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
2015 Painters of Place and Time, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2015 Desert Mob 2015

COLLECTIONS

The Merenda Collection
W. & V. McGeoch Collection
Lagerberg-Swift Collection
National Gallery of Victoria
Richard & Harriet England Collection

Artworks of Tjunka Lewis