aboriginal artist: Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

LANGUAGE: Ngaatjatjarra and Pintupi/Luritja.

BIRTHSITE: Tjukurrla which is to the north of Docker River in Western Australia.

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa was born around 1950 and her work is represented by private and corporate collections around the world.

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa is a half sister to Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (also an acclaimed artist). Tjawina grew up ‘in the bush’ with her family, after her younger brother died, her family decided to move to the then newly established government settlement of Papunya. Tjawina is now a widow and has returned to live in her country with family members including her sister Esther Giles Nampitjinpa who is also an artist.

Tjawina is known for her skill as a traditional basket weaver as well as her prominence as a painter. Tjawina paints her mother’s and father’s dreaming, the sites of Yumari, Punkilpirri, Tjukurla and Tjalili. These sites are important for ceremonies and as sources for water and important bush foods.