Peter Mungkuri | Artist Profile

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About

Mungkuri has always stayed in his country between Mimili and Indulkana. As a young man he watered trees and started the bush garden at Mimili. He then worked for the cattle stations. Mungkuri knows all about horses. He has been a drover between Mimili and Oodandatta, Kenmore and Finke. He has also mustered cattle and rounded them up on horseback.

Mungkuri started painting some time ago, but was working at the time and left it because he was getting too tired. Now he has retired and started painting again. He paints dreaming stories and likes to paint rockholes and country. Mungkuri is tjilpi (senoir old man) at Iwantja now.

“I was born in the bush near Mimili, me and my mum and father had no clothes, and were living traditional way. One time some fella came with cattle for branding; that wati (man) was the first white person I ever saw. I never went to school, my school was riding horses, learning to brand and break them in. All us tjilpi (old men) used to be stockmen, we went everywhere working together; Mimili, Kenmore Park, Granite Downs, all over the place, every station; we had a good time working and didn’t worry about other things. We had a whole herd of horses, back then we were all cowboys. These things, and everything here, is my memory – my knowledge, I like to paint the memories of my country.”

EXHIBITIONS

2017 Hadley’s Art Prize – shortlisted, Hobart
2017 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award – shortlisted, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin
2017 Many Hands - Paintings from Iwantja, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2017 Artists of the APY Lands, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2016 Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, NSW
2016 Point of Difference - from Desert to Sea, Artitja Fine Arts, Perth, WA
2016 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2016 Salon des Refusal, Outsation Gallery, Darwin
2016 National Works on Paper Award - shortlisted. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
2016 Ngura: Country, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2016 The 39th Alice Art Prize 2016 - shortlisted, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC

2015 Ngura Kunpu (Strong Country) Westspace Gallery, Melbourne - upcoming
2015 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2015 APY Showcase, Tandanya, South Australia
2015 Salon Exhibition, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2015 Good Friend Ghost Stories & Cowboy Stories, Short St Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2015 APY Exhibition, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
2015 Artitja Fine Arts, Fremantle Western Australia

2014 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2014 Viscopy Right Now, Boomalli Gallery, Sydney
2014 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2014 Aboriginal Art from the Eastern APY Lands, Kelch Gallery, Freiburg Germany
2014 Artitja Fine Art, Fremantle Western Australia

2013 Telstra Art Award, Darwin Museum and Art Gallery
2013 Outstation, Iwantja Men, Darwin
2013 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2013 Harvey Arts Projects, Idaho USA
2013 Tali Gallery, Sydney

2012 Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney
2012: Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2012: Mossenson Gallery, Collingwood
2012: Tunbridge Gallery, Margeret River
2012: Raft Artspace, Alice Springs

2011: Gekko Gallery, Broome
2011: Desert Mob, Alice Springs
2011 Harvey Arts Projects, Idaho USA
2011: Mens Show, Gallery 139, Adelaide
2011: Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston Texas
2011: Mens Show, Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne

2010: Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne
2010: Desert Mob, Alice Springs
2010: Solo Show, Gallery 139, Adelaide
2010: Mossenson Gallery, Perth

2009: Desert Mob, Alice Springs
2009: Our Mob
2009: Australia Dreaming Gallery, Melbourne

2008: Tandanya, Adelaide

COLLECTIONS:
2015 Art Gallery of South Australia
2012 Artbank

PRIZES:
2016 People's Choice Award, 39th Alice Art Prize 2016, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

Artworks of Peter Mungkuri

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