Monica Watson | Artist Profile

Details of Monica Watson



Puntjina, also known as Monica, was born circa 1940 at Pukara, an important rock hole and water snake Tjukurpa (Dreaming story) site in Western Australia. As a young girl, she walked to Pukatja (Ernabella) with her father and his three wives - the youngest of them was celebrated artist Wingu Tingima. When she was a bit older, Puntjina worked in the craft room at Pukatja, but she then married Wimitja Watson - a Ngangkari (traditional healer) - and moved with him to Amata, where they had many children. The family wanted to be closer to their home country so during the homelands movement of the late 1970s they moved to Pipalyatjara. Puntjina is an important elder in Pipalyatjara, where she continues to live with her husband and family. Both she and her husband are heavily involved in cultural business and travel across much of the area to participate in it. Monica has become known for her vibrant use of colour, particularly an iconic, high-key yellow. She also has a quirky approach to composition, often framing her paintings with an intricate border created by a plethora of coloured dots. Monica is a committed artist, painting everyday at Ninuku, and has established herself as one of the leading Ninuku artists.

Group Exhibitions
2017 Jimmy Donegan and Company, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2017 Rétrospective sur Ninuku Arts
2017 Rétrospective sur Ninuku Arts
2017 Ninuku Prints
2016 Desart Mob, Araluen
2016 Kala ngura ngayuku Colours of my home/country
2015 Ninuku Tjuta
2015 Ninuku Tjuta
2015 Araluen
2012 Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Ancient Land: New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, New York
2012 Nganampa Ngura, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2012 APY Lands Emerging Art, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs
2012 Painting the Land, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2012 Desert Mob 2012, Araluen, Alice Springs
2012 One Song, Different Tune, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2011 Wati Ngintaka Tjukurpa - Yangi Yangi Fox and Ninuku Arts, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2011 The Shared Language of Paint, Exhibition of works from Ildiko Kovacs Residency, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
2011 Ngura Wirukanyanku - This is a Beautiful Place, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2011 Desert Country, Art Gallery South Australia, Adelaide
2011 Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond, Adelaide
2011 Shalom Gamarada Charity Fundraiser, Sydney, NSW
2011 Kulina Inma - Listen to Song, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River
2011 Desert Mob 2011, Araluen, Alice Springs
2011 The Western APY Lands, Art Kelch Touring Exhibition, Germany
2011 Recent Works by Ninuku Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2010 Kulunypa Tjuta Paintamilani: Lots of Small Paintings, Short Street Gallery (as part of CIAF) Boland Centre, Cairns
2010 Warka Kuwari Walkatjunanyi: New Paintings by the Artists of Ninuku, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2010 Women and Colour, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2010 Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs
2009 Ngura Tjuta: Big Country, Ninuku Arts show, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 Tjungu: All Together, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2009 Ninuku Artists 'Ngintaka Tjukurpa: Perentie Lizard Dreaming', Alcaston Gallery
2009 Kulila Nganampa Tjukurpa. Listen to our Stories. Chapman Gallery, Canberra.
2009 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2009 Ninuku Artists print exhibition ‘Pirinyi’, Nomad Art Gallery
2008 Ninuku Arts Inaugural Sydney Show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2008 South Australian Living Artists Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia
2008 Ninuku Tjukurpa - Bilby Dreaming, Ninuku Arts Group Show, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008 35th Alice Prize 2008
2008 Pirinyi, Prints from Ninuku Arts Artists, Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Mark Making in Print, South Australian Impressions, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
2008 Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2008 Tjukurpa Kutjupa Kutjupa: Other Stories from Ninuku Arts and Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2007 APY Lands show, Australia Dreaming Art Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2007 Skin on Skin, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra
2007 Anangu Backyard, The Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
2007 Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2007 Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
2007 Ninuku Arts In Focus, Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth


2009 Dr Ross Moore, ‘Ninuku Artists: Perentie Lizard Dreaming’, Australian Aboriginal Art, Issue 2 June 2009.
2009 'Fresh Look at Aboriginal Stories' Charly Smith, The Canberra Times, September 2009
2010 Art Monthly, Front Cover Image, Issue 236 Summer 2010
2010 Promotional card set, Desert Country Exhibition, AGSA, Adelaide
2010 Catalogue, Desert Country, AGSA, Adelaide
2011 ArtLink Indigenous Issue, Western APY Lands'Boutique' Art to Europe, Volume 31, June 2011
2011 Western APY Lands exhibition catalogue, Art Kelch, Germany
2011 Invitation image, Recent Works by Ninuku Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
2011 Claire Eltringham, catalogue essay, The Shared Language of Paint, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
2011 Desert Mob exhibition catalogue, September 2011
2012 Jukurrpa 2013 Diary, Jukurrpa Books, IAD Press
2012 Nganampa Ngura, Catalogue Essay by ClaireEltringham, May 2012
2012 Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Catalogue Essay by Nici Cumpston (AGSA), May 2012
2012 Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Aboriginal Art in America, Again (Summer 2012), June 24
2012 Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Ancestral Modern in Seattle, Ninuku in New York, May 27
2012 Artists Talking, A reportage of: Art, Design, Gallery & NYC Events by David Barish, New Palettes of an Ancient Land, June 1 2012
2012 Australian Consulate General (USA), Feature, June 2012
2012 NAISA, Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Art Show in New York City by Willie Brown, Saturday 19 May 2012
2012 PRI' The World (News Program), Vibrant Aboriginal Art Exhibit Gives Power to Indigenous Australians by Marlon Bishop, July 4 2012
2012 Sun Valley Property News, Art Scene, Harvey Art Projects Goes Coast to Coast, May 2012
2012 Kluge-Ruhe, Aboriginal Art Collection of University of Virginia, News piece, May 2012
2012 APY art bites into the Big Apple, Feature by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Saturday June 30 2012
2012 Canberra Times, Black, White and Beautiful by Sasha Grishin, February 2012
2012 Desert Mob 2012 Catalogue, Desart and Araluen, September 2012
2012 Angloinfo, Art and Exhibitions in Singapore, Singapore Event: 'Nganampa Ngura' (Our Place), 26 April 2012
2012 artinasia, Nganampa Ngura (Our Place)- Senior men and women's paintings about their home country, ReDot Gallery 14 April 2012




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Artworks of Monica Watson