aboriginal artist : Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula

Charlotte, born 1957 in Haasts Bluff, is the eldest daughter of Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra and his first wife Suzette Napaltjarri, who was the daughter of important Pintupi elder Kamutu. Charlotte has worked since she was 16 years old. At 16 Charlotte married Huey Ward, with whom she had two boys. She had her first daughter, Lyn Ward when she first started to work. She has been active in various teaching roles in the Papunya School, especially the preschool. Charlotte is a highly intelligent and articulate woman. She is a Grandmother of two and lives in Papunya where her extended family also reside. Over the years painting at Papunya Tjupi, Charlotte has developed her own unique and meticulous version of Kalipinypa water dreaming that focuses on the Tali (sand) aspect of her country. She also paints her own distinct style of “children’s stories” that she developed when working at the Papunya School. Many of her illustrations can be found in the archive of the school from the days when teaching in traditional language was encouraged. Occasionally charlotte will apply her children’s stories as dot paintings on canvas. She hopes to one day publish a book of her children’s stories and paintings.

Exhibitions
2016 Papunya Tjupi Arts: Honey Ant Gallery at Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby, Sydney
2015 Streets of Papunya: The Reinvention of Papunya Painting : UNSW Galleries
2015 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair : Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2015 Kungka Tjupi: New work from the women of Papunya Tjupi : Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2015 New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press 2006-2014 : Kluge-Ruhe Museum – UVa Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
2014 Ngurra Nganampa (Community) : Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane 2013 New Paintings from Papunya Tjupi Arts : JGM Art Ltd, London
2013 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair : Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2012 Papunya Tjupi : Marshall Arts, Adelaide
2011 New Prints from Papunya Tjupi Arts : Nomad Arts, Canberra and Darwin 2011 UNSW International Showcase : UNSW Randwick, Sydney
2011 Papunya Tjupi: Generations : Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne
2011 Desert Mob : Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2010 Papunya Power : Art Mob, Hobart
2010 Tjukurrpa: Papunya Tjupi Arts : Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne
2010 Desert Stories, Papunya Tjupi : Gecko Gallery, Cairns
2009 Kalipinypa: The Artists of Papunya Tjupi : Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne 2009 Papunya Tjupi, A New Generation : Gecko Gallery, Cairns
2008 Were talking about Papunya again : Art Mob, Hobart
2008 Papunya Tjupi: A new beginning : Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington

Collections
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN SYDNEY

 


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