Tjunkiya Napaltjarri’s painting, untitled, from Walungurru (Kintore), Northern Territory Palya Art C-2827

Tjunkiya Napaltjarri Untitled 2005 Acrylic Paint on Linen 910 x 610 mm copyright The Artist Papunya Tula Artists and Palya Art C-2827

Artist: Tjunkiya Napaltjarri
Language: Pintupi
Title: Untitled
Date: 2005
Medium: Acrylic paint on linen
Size: 910 x 610 mm
Papunya Tula Artists
Palya Art No. C-2827
Price: AUD $2,100.00


Born Circa.1930 in country North West of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay), Western Australia, Tjunkiya Napaltjarri moved to Haasts Bluff along the Macdonnell Ranges with her family.

Tjunkiya moved to Walungurru (Kintore) and began painting with her community Art Centre Papunya Tula Artists in the late 1990s. She painted with her sister Wintjya Napaltjarri at the community shed in Kintore until 2004. From 2004 until her death in 2009, she preferred to paint from home, the widow’s camp outside Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula considered her son’s former residence).

Using a scratching through thick pigment technique to reveal under-colours and create texture, Tjunkiya’s paintings have a distinctive style. Tjunkiya’s daughter, Mitjili Napurrula – working from Haasts Bluff – also became a well known Central Australian artist.

Tjunkiya’s work can be found in national and international collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.


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