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BIOGRAPHY

Tjungkara Ken is a young and dedicated artist, with a remarkable depth of talent and expertise. Tjungkara started painting casually in 1997 but increased her commitment to her work in 2008. Her mother's country is Wangalina and her father's country is Amata. Tjungkara depicts this country and its tjukurpa (dreaming) in her paintings with her distinctive style. Mountain ranges, rock holes and elements of the land are illustrated through her detailed work. She is well known for her sophisticated use of colour and striking works depicting the Seven Sisters story.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 - NATSIAA, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2017 - Archibald Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of NSW, 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 - Art Gallery of New South Wales - Wynne Prize
2016 - Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney - 2016 Seven Sisters
2015 - Araleun Galleries, Alice Springs - Desert Mob
2015 - Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory - 32nd Telstra National Indigenous Art Award Finalist
2015 - Outstation Gallery and Paul Johnstone Gallery in association with Darwin Festival - Salon des Refues
2015 - Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney - Tjintu wiru - Beautiful day
2015 - OutStation Gallery, Darwin - Tjukurpa, Ngura, Waltja - Culture, Country, Family
2014 - Short St Gallery, Broome - These are the stories we teach our children
2014 - Araluen 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 - Araleun Galleries, Alice Springs - Desert Mob
2013 - Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - 30th Telstra National Indigneous Art Award Finalist
2013 - Outstation Gallery Darwin - APY Lands Survey Exhibition 2013
2013 - Aboriginal & Pacific Art - Sydney - 2013 Tjukurpa nganampa kunpu kanyintjaku: Stories that keep culture strong
2013 - Outstation Gallery Darwin - Kunpu Pulka – Strong and Important
2012 - Outstation Galery, Darwin - Ngura ngura munu malaku ngura kutu - From home and returning home
2012 - Raft Artspace, Alice Springs - Punu Nguru- From the Trees
2012 - Raft Artspece, Alice Springs - Punu- nguru - From the Trees
2012 - Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne - Kunpu munu ninti pilulka - Nyangatja anangu tjuta ku minyma ku way. Strong and Wise -This is the way of Anangu Women
2012 - Marshall Arts, Adelaide - Tjala Arts New Works
2012 - RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs - Punu Ngura - From the trees
2012 - Short Street Gallery, Perth - Tjala Arts New Works
2011 - Nganampa Kampatjanka Uungutja, Behind Our Canvas, Out Station Gallery, Alice Springs
2011 - Nganampa Kampatjanka Uungutja, Behind Our Canvas, Out Station Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 - Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs, NT
2011 - Tjala and Kaltjiti, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi
2011 - Ngura Wiru Mulapa- Our Beautiful Country, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 - I Hold My Mother's Story. I Hold My Fathers Story, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs, NT
2010 - Tjukurpa Pulkatjara, South Australian Museum, SA
2010 - APY NPY Exhibition, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2010 - APY & NPY Survey Exhibition, Raft Launch, Alice Springs, NT
2010 - Nganampa Tjukurpa Kunpu- Our Strong Stories, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2010 - Desert Country, Art Gallery of South Australia
2010 - Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs, NT
2010 - Tjala Arts - Ala Patintjaku - Closing the Gap, Marshall Arts, Adelaide
2010 - 27th Telstra National Indigenous Art Award Nominee
2010 - Tjukurpa Kunpu Nganana Kanyini Pulka- Our Stories, We Hold Strong, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2009 - Tjala Arts New Work, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 - Tjala Arts - Women, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi
2009 - Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2009 - Tjala Arts - New Works, Randell Lane, Perth, WA
2009 - Alwarawara - Side by Side, Out Station Gallery, Darwin, NT
2009 - Tjala Arts - New Work, Randell Lane, Perth, WA
2003 - Nganampa Tjukurpa - Our Stories, Port Melbourne Uniting Church, Melbourne, VIC
2003 - Ngura - Tjanpi Desert Spinifex Country; works by members of the Ananguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation, Raintree Gallery, Darwin, NT
2003 - PY on Paper - works on paper from members of the Ananguku Arts and Culture Aboriginal Corporation, Mossenson Gallery - Indigart, Perth, WA
2002 - Mina Wala; Fresh, like water from a spring, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
2002 - Limited Edition Prints of Minymaku, Mossenson Gallery, Indigart, Perth, WA
2002 - Exhibition of Aboriginal Art, Art-rium, Graz, Austria
2002 - Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
2000 - Desert Visions- Works of Minymaku Arts, Adelaide Fringe, Synagogue Place, Adelaide, SA
2000 - Irititja Munu Kuwaritja Tjukurpa; Stories from the past and present, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
1998 - Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT

AWARDS

2017 - Finalist, NATSIAA, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2016 - Wynne Prize Winner
2015 - Telstra Prize Finalist
2014 - Telstra Prize Finalist
2010 - Telstra Prize Finalist

COLLECTIONS

Corrigan Collection
Laverty Collection
2009 - Artbank
2009 - The Marshall Collection
2009 - Lagerberg Swift Collection
2010 - National Gallery of Victoria
2010 - Art Gallery of South Australia
2012 - Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
2012 - Richard and Hariette England Collection
2012 - Wayne and Vicky McGeough Collection
2012 - National Gallery of Australia

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015 - Ken Family work on show at OutStation Gallery, The Australian - Nicholas Rothwell - 22 May
2014 - Hope in the Red Heart, The Advertiser - Sally Brooks - 17 August
2011 - APY Lands Project Involves Young and Old, Jeremy Eccles, Aboriginal Art News, 23 March
2011 - The Stories of the Elders, Apolline Kohen, Australian Art Review
2010 - The Desert Comes to Adelaide Jeremy Eccles, Aboriginal Art News, 24 Nov
2010 - Joining the dots on desert movement, Wendy Walker, The Australian, 19 Nov
2008 - Tjukurpa Pulkatjara: The Power of the Law, Ananguku Arts, ed., Wakefield Press, p66

Artworks of Tjungkara Ken

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