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Tjampawa Stevens / Piltati

150cm x 110cm Acrylic on Linen

SKU: 17-031


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Provenance: Tjungu Palya Art Centre (APY Lands)

Tjampawa was born in the Western Desert at Areyonga in the Northern Territory around 1947. Areyonga is her father’s country and her mothers place is Waltytjara and Arran at the intersection of the three borders of Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia. She came to Nyapari with her husband (Keith Stevens) and five children to establish a community on their traditional land.


2017 – Payla: Nyapari Now, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2017 – Bruxelles, Belgium – Group Exhibition « Empreintes Eternelles » at the Aboriginal Signature • Estrangingallery
2016 – Good Together, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2015 – Desert Mob, Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT.
2015 – 32nd Telstra NATSIAA, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
2015 – Mangkurpa (3), Redot Gallery, Singapore
2014 – Tjukutjuku walka walka walka walka walka pulka tjurkurpa, Outstation, Darwin, NT
2013 – A study of the Figurative in Desert painting, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA.
2013 – New Works, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, South Australia
2013 – Tjungu Palya, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2013 – Minymaku Ara – Womens Way, Viven Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
2013 – Tjintu Kutjupa Tjintu Kutupa – Desert Days”, Reddot Gallery, Singapore.
2012 – Tjungu Palya 2012- Oustation Gallery, Darwin
2012 – Our Mob Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
2011 – ‘Tjungu Palya 2011’, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2011 – ‘Ngura Tjukuritja – A Dreaming Place’, Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2011 – ‘Western APY Lands’, ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany
2010 – ‘Inma Mantangka Ngarinyi – Song of the Land’, Putipula Gallery, Noosa, QLD
2010 – ‘Fremantle Print Award’, Fremantle, WA
2010 – ‘Our Mob’, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2010 – ‘Tjukurpa’ Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2010 – ‘Tjungu Palya Survey Show’, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 – ‘Etched in the Sun -Prints by Indigenous Australians’ with Basil Hall Editions, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
2009 – ‘Alwara-wara – Side by Side’ Outstation, Darwin, NT
2009 – ‘Etched in the Sun’ with Basil Hall Editions and Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London. UK
2009 – ‘Kulini-Ngura- Knowing Country’ Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 – ‘Wanampiku Munu Kalayaku Ngura’ Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2008 – ‘South Australian Impressions’ Adelaide Festival Centre, SA
2008 – ‘Iwaya Mantangka – Land Lines’ Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth. WA
2008 – ‘Anangu Backyard – Stories for Children’ Adelaide Festival Centre, SA
2008 – ‘Tjukurpa Kunpu’ Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2008 – ‘Our Mob’ Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide. SA
2007 – ‘Skin to Skin’ Tuggeranong Art Centre, Adelaide,SA
2007 – ‘Pilati’ Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2007 – Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre, SA
2007 – ‘Uwankara Ngura Palya’ Randall Lane Fine Art, Perth WA
2006 – ‘Desert Mob’ Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2006 – Art from the APY Lands’ South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2006 – ‘Tjukurpa Mantajara’ Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA

Lagerberg-Swift Collection, Perth, Western Australia
The Marshall Collection, Adelaide, South Australia
Harriet and Richard Collection, Sydney, New South Wales
W & V McGeoch Collection, Melbourne, VIC
The Arthur Roe Collection, Melbourne, VIC

Finalist 2015 Telstra National Aboriginal Torres Straight Islander Art Awards


This is Pilta . Pilta is a very important story about the two wanampi (ancestoral serpents) and their two wives. The two women travelled everywhere digging for food. Each day they would dig for kuka upupilypa (tadpoles) or collect wild berries like kampurarpa. They always took food back to their two husbands. One day they got tired of working so hard and thought to themselves “we might not take all this food to the men, maybe we’ll eat some first”. The men got angry with the women for taking so long to bring the food back and decided to trick the women by turning into water snakes.

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