Nyanu Watson - Tjulpu

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Artist: Nyanu Watson 

Title: Tjulpu

Cat No: 17-238

Size: 135 x 103 cm  Acrylic on Canvas


This is a painting of birds native to the Kalka and Pipalyatjara region.  They are part of every day life, but also plan their part in some of the dreamings.


Birth Date: 28/07/1951
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Community: Pipalyatjara, SA

Nyanu Watson grew up in Ernabella before it became a mission. She moved back to Kalka in the Homelands movement, when Anangu (People in Pitjantjatjara) began to return to their country. She is now a prominent member of Kalka Community where she lives with her family, although she does like to visit her sister and fellow artist who lives in Kaltjiti/Fregon.

Nyanu was born at a site near Pukatja (Ernabella). As a young girl, she worked at the mission, spinning and dyeing wool to make rugs. She later moved to the neighboring community of Amata, where she began work in the local store and cooked food for the children at the school. During the homelands movement (an initiative to enable Anangu to return to their own country), Nyanu traveled to Kalka, where she still  lives today. As well as being an avid craftswoman - mostly wood carving and grass weaving Nyanu is a regular painter at the art centre and is a prominent member of Ninuku Arts.

Nyanu is known for her unusual depictions of various animals found in the surrounding district where she lives. She uses a combination of brushwork and dotting to create the highly-stylised and unique creatures that she had became known for. Some of her favourites include the Ngintaka: Lizard, Anumara: Caterpillar, and Kakalyalya: Cockatoo.

Group Exhibitions:

2018 Flying Colours - Alice Springs

2017 Ninuku Prints - Chapman and Baileys Gallery

2016 Desart Mob, Araluen - Alice Springs

2016 Kala ngura ngayuku Colours of my home/country - 1. - 24. July 2016

2015 Ninuku Tjuta - Singapore

2015 Araluen - Alice Springs

2013 Strong Women, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook NSW

2012 Manta Iritjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Ancient Land New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, New York

2012 INMA: Our Ceremony, Chapman Gallery, Canberra

2012 Ngintaka, Ra Artspace, Alice Springs

2012 Four Artists, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2011 Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond, Adelaide

2010 'Kulunypa Tjuta Paintamilani: Lots of Small Paintings', Short Street Gallery (as part of CIAF) Bloand Centre, Cairns

2010 Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs

2010 Women and Colour, Chapman Gallery, Canberra

2010 'Warka Kuwari Walkatjunanyi: New paintings by the Artists if Ninuku', Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2009 Ninuku Arsts print exhibition ‘Pirinyi’, Nomad Art Gallery

2009 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2009 Ninuku Arsts 'Ngintaka Tjukurpa: Perene Lizard Dreaming', Alcaston Gallery

2009 Ngura Tjuta: Big Country, Ninuku Arts show, Short St Gallery, Broome

2009 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2009 'Kulila Nganampa Tjukurpa: Listen to our Stories', Chapman Gallery, Canberra.

2009 Kulila Nganampa Tjukurpa. Listen to our Stories. Chapman Gallery, Canberra.

2009 Celebrating Country: Kinship & Culture, Seymour College Art Show, Adelaide

2008 Ninuku Arts, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney

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

2007 Anangu Backyard, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

2007 Seymour College Exhibition, Adelaide 

2007 Skin on Skin, Tuggernaong Arts Centre, Canberra 








2009 Diana James, Painting the Song: Kaltjiti artists of the sand dune country, McCulloch & McCulloch 2009. 

2009 Jukurrpa Books, Diary

2010, IAD Press, Alice Springs

2009 'Fresh Look at Aboriginal Painting', Charly Smith, The Canberra Times, September 2009

2011 'Western APY Lands Boutique Art travels to Europe, Art Link Indigenous Issue, Volume 31 no.2 June 2011

2011 Claire Armstrong, Western APY Lands exhibition catalogue, ARTKELCH Gallery, Germany

2012 Canberra Times, Black, White and Beautiful by Sasha Grishin, February 27 2012

2012 Nganampa Ngura Catalogue, Essay by Claire Eltringham, 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 and Ninuku in New York, May 27 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's The World (News Program), Vibrant Aboriginal Art 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, New Piece, May 2012

2012 APY Bites into the Big Apple, Feature by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Saturday June 30 2012

2012 artinasia.com, Ninuku Artists by Alcaston Gallery, 2012


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