Margaret Boko | Artist Profile

Details of Margaret Boko

About

Other Languages: Warlpiri, Luritja and Pintupi

Biography

For a long time Boko lived at the Inkamala Block near Jay Creek with her family, before moving to Alice Springs. Her father's country is M’Bunghara, Glen Helen Station, and her mother was a Pintupi-Warlpiri woman from north-west of Central Mt Wedge. The family settled at Jay Creek Reserve when she was a young girl and after her father left his job as a stockman on Glen Helen Station. For a short time Boko lived at Papunya with her grandparents, so she could go to school. Her family had to move to Amoonguna when she was older, due to a lack of water at Jay Creek. There Boko went to school, and met fellow Tangentyere Artists Sally M Mulda. Boko married briefly at Amoonguna, but her husband drank, and she left him to move back to Jay Creek. She then met her husband David Boko and married him. She explained in 2007, "I was born in Hermannsburgand went to school at Papunya, Jay Creek and Amoonguna. This is the first time that I am painting. I speak Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and English".

Boko is a grandmother caring for an extended family from her home in Little Sisters Town Camp. She and her husband from Docker River, are heavily involved in Tangentyere Council and the Lutheran Church. Boko has been an Executive Board Member of Tangentyere Council for some time. Boko developed an increasingly considered style, using a restrained colour palette, as she painted about her Tjukurrpa narratives involving women, bush tucker, water, and children.

A Telstra NATSIAA finalist twice (2011 & 2015), since 2011, Boko has used figurative/textual elements to tell stories about everyday life at home at Little Sisters Town Camp, out bush with family, and beyond. With detailed and intimate themes, and the eye of a social historian, Boko's paintings are strong and often incorporate both vibrant colour and text to document significant places and events in her life and the life of her extended family and friends. Boko's narrative paintings can be read, a little like a comic book, with vignette after vignette included on a large canvas. The places she paints, and the tales she weaves, are joy-filled and revealing, as she reaches out to her audience to join her in her love of life, family, country, and storytelling.

In 2015 Boko completed a Cert 1 in Visual Art through Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Training and Education.

Group Exhibitions

2016, November - Town Camp Yarns, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2016, June - Group Exhibition with Ewyenper Atwatye Artists, Hermannsburg Potters and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists at Tangentyere Artists Gallery Arrweketye Mob
2016, May - Group Exhibition, Tangentyere Artists Gallery Many Women, Many Stories, Many Ways
2016, May - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Many Women, Many Stories, Many Ways
2016, April - Aboriginal Art Marketplace, Yulara Tjungu Festival
2016, February - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Recent Works
2015, October - Art Gallery South Australia, Adelaide, SA Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander Art
2015, October - Tandanya Cultural Centre Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs, NT SELFIES 2 l Town Campers
2015, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs, NT SELFIES 2 l Town Campers
2015, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct Alice Springs NT Desert Mob - 25 Year Commemorative Exhibition
2015, August - Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2015, May - NIEA, UNSW Galleries, Sydney NSW We are in Wonder LAND: New Experimental Art from CentralAustralia
2015, February - Art Images Gallery, Norwood, SA Desert Dreaming featuring Artworks from 6 Art Centres from Central Australia
2014, November - Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery Sydney NSW Figuratively Speaking: Town Camp artists tell their stories
2014, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Selfies: Representation of Self by Town Camp Artists
2014, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct Alice Springs NT Desert Mob 2014
2014, September - In support of Artists in Black Arts Law Art Auction Fundraising Event
2014, August - Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin 8th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2014, August - Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin (Outstation Gallery) Salon de Refuse
2014, June - Tangentyere Artists Group Show New Works: Salon Show
2014, May - Desart Members Exhibition 2014 Seoul Open Art Fair
2014, April - Boomali Cooperative, Sydney NSW RightNow
2014, February - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists, A Survey
2013, December - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT A Survey of Works
2013, November - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT New Work by Tangentyere Artists
2013, October - Alice Springs Telegraph Station & Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT Family Trees - Mbantua Festival Exhibition, Curated by Hetti Perkins – Desart Art Centres
2013, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day - New Art Centre
2013, September - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2013, May - Central Craft, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists
2013, May - Raft Art Space, Alice Springs NT Our Way, Their Way - Group Show with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
2013, May - Merenda Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle WA Margaret Boko and Sally Mulda
2012 - Short Street Gallery, Broome WA Town Camp Art - Tangentyere Artists
2012 - 4 Elder Street, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists - Open Day
2012 - William Mora Gallery, Melbourne VIC Tangentyere Artists - Recent Paintings
2012 - Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney NSW Songlines – A Cooee Christmas
2012 - Araluen Arts and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Alice Springs Beanie Festival
2012 - CHAN Contemporary Art Space, Darwin NT THREE, Group Show Co-curated by Shauna Tilmouth
2012 - HUB Space, Alice Springs NT Alice Desert Festival
2012 - Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2011 - Tangentyere Artists, Kate Owen Gallery Sydney NSW
2011 - Sharing our Stories- Anwerne-kenhe ayeye:Indigenous Literacy Day Festival IDA Press ALice Springs, NT
2011 - Tangentyere, AP Bond Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2011 - Melbourne Affordable Art Fair, Exhibition Building Melbourne VIC
2011 - Human Rights Film Festival, Olive Pink Botanical Gardens, Alice Springs, NT
2011 - Tangentyere Artists, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne VIC
2011 - Our homes: Town Camp& Beyond, Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2011 - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Convention Centre Darwin, NT
2011 - The Lighthouse Murals Darwin Festival, Festival Park, Darwin, NT
2010 - Tjintu Kutjupa-Everyday Life, Mossenson Galleries, Collingwood, Melbourne, VIC
2010 - Urban Aboriginal Art- a survey show, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 - Coming Together, Peta Appleyard Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2010 - art from the heart of the town camps, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2009 - Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Art and Culture Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2009 - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
2009 - Anwernekenkhe Ayeye, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2008 - Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Art & Culture Centre, Alice Springs, NT
2008 - Darlings of the Desert, Putipula Gallery, Noosa Heads, QLD
2008 - Telling the Town Camps Story, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
2008 - Everybody Working Together, Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane
2008 - First Tangentyere Artists Show, Birrung World Vision Gallery, Sydney
2007 - Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Art and Culture Centre, Alice Springs NT

Collections

CAYLUS Murals, Commissioned Mural, Central Australian Youth Link Up Services, 2012
Darwin Festival Lighthouse Murals Commission, 2011
The Anthropology Museum, The University of Queensland, 2014
Artbank, Commonwealth Art Collection, 2015

Bibliography

2016 - Biddle, Jennifer L., Remote Avant-Garde: Aboriginal Art under Occupation, Duke University Press, p: 58, 62-70.
2015 - Byrne, Joanna, Sophie Wallace, and Tangentyere Artists, Making Place Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tarnanthi Exhibition Catalogue, Art Gallery South Australia, p: 92-97
2015 - Cumpston, Nici and Nick Mitzevich, Tarnanthi At The Gallery, Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, p: 9-16.
2016 - Finnane, Kieran, From ceremony to selfies, Art Monthly Australasia, Issue 287, March 2016, p:68-70.
2012 - Galatis, Emilia, Feature: Dark Clouds and Bright Futures: Current Climates in Australian Aboriginal Art, Sites95,Issue 9, September 2012, p:15-18.



Awards

2015 - Finalist - Telstra NATSIAA - National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT Darwin
2011 - Finalist - Telstra NATSIAA - National Aboriginaland Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT Darwin
2011 - Finalist - Togart Contemporary Art Award, Darwin NT








Artworks of Margaret Boko