Hector Tjupuru Burton | Artist Profile

Details of Hector Tjupuru Burton


Hector came out of the desert into Pukatja (Ernabella) as a child with his parents. He worked as a 'ringer' or cattleman at Curtin Springs Station, approximately 130km north of Amata. Hector moved to Amata to work on the dams out near Wingellina as well as build and repair fences. He was 'Leading Hand' during the construction of the catle yards just outside of Amata and returned to Pukatja to build the big barn. Hector tells the story of when he was a young fella catching the old Ghan train from Oodnadatta, down to Adelaide to pick fruit. He said "his tjitji" (children) were babies, only crawling." As an elder, Hector is revered as a caretaker of Anangu law and culture. He is one of the few remaining elders that still have strong ties to traditional practices. This is demonstrated by the images he paints- his Creation story of the Anumara or edible caterpillar.

Acrylic on canvas
Traditional punu (wood) carver

2004 Hector Burton, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2014 Museo Bilotti, Villa Borghese, Rome
2011 Tjala Artists 2011, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 Nganampa Tjukurpa Kunpu: Our Strong Stories Tjala Arts, Amata 2010, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2010 APY NPY Exhibition, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2010 Tjukurpa Pulkjara, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2009 Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2009 Tjala Arts- New Work, Randell Lane, PErth, WA
2009 Tjala Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 Tjala Men, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2009 Tjala Arts, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2009 Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs, NT
2007 Nyangatja nganampa tjukurpa: These are our stories, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2006 31st Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA
2006 Tjala Arts: SALA Festival, Art Images, Adelaide, SA
2006 Utulu kuwaritja Amatala nguru- New mob from Amata, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2005 Waku Kunpu: Strong Work, Bandigan Art, Sydney, NSW
2005 Amata watiku tkukurpa wiru: Good Stories from Amata men, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2005 Minymaku Arts: Emerging artists from Amata, South Australia, Indigenart, Fremantle, WA
2004 Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT

Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs
National Gallery of Victoria
Flinders University Art Museum: Peter Ballie Collection
The Merenda Collection
The Gavan Fox Collection
The Marshall Collection
The Art Gallery of South Australia
Harriet and Richard England Collection

Artworks of Hector Tjupuru Burton