Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken | Artist Profile

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Sylvia has been painting at Tjala Arts (formerly Minymaku Arts) since 1999. She is a committed and focused artist with exceptional skill and talent. Her mother Iluwanti and father Brenton also paint at Tjala Arts, as do her daughters Serena Heffernan and Anastine Ken.

Acrylic on canvas
Perspex engraving

2016 Short Street Gallery, Broome - Seven Sisters by Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken

2018 Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin - 35th Telstra National Indigenous Art Award Finalist
2018 Jan Murphy Gallery - Brisbane - Seven Sisters Exhibition
2018 Wynne Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2017 Kulini - Listen, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2016 Ngayuku ngura - My Country, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2016 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre, Sydney - Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars
2016 Charles Darwin University, in association with Darwin Festival and Paul Johnstone Gallery - Salon De Refuses
2015 OutStation Gallery, Darwin - Tjukurpa, Ngura, Waltja - Culture, Country, Family
2015 Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney - Tjintu wiru - Beautiful day
2015 Kwarila Tjunguringanyi - All Together Now, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2014 Short St Gallery, Broome - These are the stories we teach our children
2013/2014 Memories vives. Une Historie de L'art Aborigene, Musee d'Acquitaine - Bordeaux
2014Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs - Desert Mob
2014 Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory - 31st Telstra National Indigenous Art Award Finalist
2014 Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney - Paintings from the Heart of Amata Country
2014 Out Station Gallery Darwin - Tjala-nga Tjara - Its all about Tjala
2014 Red Dot Gallery Singapore - Tjintu kuwaritja wiru mulapa
2013 Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - 30th Telstra National Indigneous Art Award Finalist
2013 Darwin Festival - Salon des Refuses 2013
2013 Aboriginal & Pacific Art - Sydney - 2013 Tjukurpa nganampa kunpu kanyintjaku: Stories that keep culture strong
2013 Marshall Arts Gallery Adelaide - Manta wirunya mulapa. This beautiful Earth.
2012 Raft Artspace, Alice Springs - Punu-nguru- From the Trees
2012 Outstation Gallery, Darwin - Rising Stars
2012 Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney - Tjungu Kutju-tu- Together as One
2012 Short Street Gallery Broome - APY All Stars
2011 Marshall Arts, Adelaide - Tjala Arts Ala Patintjaku – Tjala Arts Closing the Gap
2011 Behind Our Canvas, Oustation Gallery, Darwin - Nganampa Kampatjanka Uungutja
2011 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne - Tjala & Kaltjiti
2011 Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney - Ngura wiru mulapa- Beautiful Country
2011 I hold my Fathers Story I hold my Mothers Story Raft Artspace Alice Springs - Ngayulu Witini Ngayuku Mamaku TjukurpaNgayulu Witini Ngunytjuku Tjukurpa
2011 Araluen, Alice Springs - Desert Mob
2011 Tjala Artists 2011, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 APY NPY Group Exhibition, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2009 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
2009 Alwarawara - Side by Side, Outstation, Darwin, NT
2009 Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre
2009 Anangu Backyard, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2009 Women of Tjala Arts, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
2007 Colours from our Country, Harrison Galleries, Sydney
2006 Warka Nganampa Munuru: Our Work is Many and Varied, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra
2005 Amata Community: Rockholes and Other Stories, Stephanie Burne Fine Art, Canberra, ACT
2004 Bush Christmas, Australia's Outback Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2004 Nganana Works Wiru Palyalpai - Our Best Work, Australian Print Workshop
2004 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
2004 Ngura-Tjanpi - Desert Spinifex Country - Works by Ananguku Arts and Crafts Artists
2002 Mina Wala - Fresh, like Water from a Spring, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
2002 Desert Visions, Works of Minymaku Arts, Adelaide Fringe, Synangogue Place, Adelaide, SA
2000 Irititja Munu Kuwaritja Tjukurpa - Stories from the the Past and Present, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA

Art Bank
Marshall Collection
Brocard - Estrangin Collection
Art Gallery of South Australia
Mardoondah Gallery
Lagerberg Swift Collection
QLD Art Gallery of Modern Art
Richard & Harriet England Collection McGeough Collection

2018 Telstra Prize Finalist
2018 Wynne Prize Finalist
2014 Telstra Finalist
2013 Telstra Finalist

2010 Emerging Artist: Sylvia Kantjupai Ken, The Adelaide Review, Dec
2014 It looks so different from way up there, The Australian, Nicholas Rothwell, 6 June
2015 Ken Family work on show at Outstation Gallery, The Australian, Nicholas Rothwell, 22

Artworks of Sylvia Kanytjupai Ken

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