Meet Our Artists

Angelina Ngala Pwerle
Angelina Ngala Pwerle

Born in 1947, Angelina Pwerle Ngala is a well recognised Aboriginal artist whose paintings have gained international acclaim. Angelina draws inspiration from her grandfather’s land, Arlparra, and her artwork often features

Anna Price Pitjara
Anna Price Pitjara

Anna Petyarre was born at Utopia in the 1960s. She is related to the great Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Kudditji Kngwarreye. Being a traditional Aboriginal women she is involved in sacred ceremonies.

Audrey Morton Kngwarreye
Audrey Morton Kngwarreye

Audrey was involved in the important Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) community projects which resulted in Utopia – A Picture Story, 88 silk batiks from the Holmes a Court.

Bambatu Napangardi
Bambatu Napangardi

Born in around 1940 in Winron, Pintupi country, across the Western Australian border, east of Kiwirrkura, Bambatu Napangardi grew up in the bush living a traditional life with her family, hunting and living off the land.

Barbara Reid Napangardi
Barbara Reid Napangardi

Barbara Reid, the daughter of famous Aboriginal Artist Ningura Napurulla, was born near Tjukurla Western Australia. Her paintings represent important women’s dreamings…

Bessie Purvis Pitjara
Bessie Purvis Pitjara

Bessie comes from a renown artistic family living at Utopia. Her mother is the famous artist Polly Ngala with Kathleen Ngale and Angelina Pwerle being her aunties.

Betty Mbitjana
Betty Mbitjana

Betty Club Mbitjana is a member of an impressive family of artists, and is coming into her own as a painter capable of carrying on the family traditions with her own unique interpretations.

Bill Harney
Bill Harney

Yidumduma Bill Harney born on Willeroo Station about 1936 is a tribal elder from the Wardaman country in the Fitzmaurice Region – 120km south west of Katherine in the Northern Territory Australia.

Brenda Maxwell Napaltjarri
Brenda Maxwell Napaltjarri

Brenda is from the Kintore community, 700km west of Alice Springs. She generally paints stories that relate to her country and homelands in the Kintore region and women’s dreaming stories that have been passed down to her from her ancestors.

Dolly Petyarre Mills
Dolly Petyarre Mills

Dolly Mills Petyarre was born at Boundary Bore Outstation, circa 1948. She comes from a large family of established and emerging artists. Her sister Gloria Petyarre and brother Greeny Purvis (dcd) are both internationally recognised artists.

Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra
Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra

Elizabeth was born in Papunya, a well-known Aboriginal artists’ co-operative, and raised within a large family of painters including her world-renowned stepfather, artist Turkey Tolson (dec’d), and uncle Johnny Warrankula.

Evelyn Pultara
Evelyn Pultara

Evelyn Pultara is not merely painting her colourful pieces but rather she is synchronizing with the energies of her totem, the Bush Yam. When Evelyn started painting in 1997, she painted Dreamings like the Awelye and Bush Tucker

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi
Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Born in Mt Allan, Northern Territory, Gabriella Possum is the elder daughter of the renowned painter, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932 – 2002). She began painting at an early age.

Gladys Kemarre
Gladys Kemarre

Born about 1937, the majority of Glady’s works depict the Bush Plum Dreaming. However she also paints Dancing Ladies and Bush men. In this painting she describes Dancing Ladies.

Gloria Tamarre Petyarre
Gloria Tamarre Petyarre

Gloria Tamerre Petyarre is one of the Seven Petyarre Sisters of Utopia acclaimed for their unique painting styles despite taking the custodianship of the same totem, the Arnkerrthe.

Hazel Morton Kngwarreye
Hazel Morton Kngwarreye

Hazel comes from a large artistic family in Utopia in Central Australia
and has had an extensive career as an artist who started painting in the early 1990s. She was born about 1963.

Janet Golder Kngwarreye
Janet Golder Kngwarreye

Janet comes from the Utopia region. She is the granddaughter of the world renowned artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Kudditji Kngwarreye and is further related to many of the famous Utopian artists.

Jeannie Mills Pwerle
Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Mills Pwerle was born in 1965 in Utopia, in the Atnwengerrp region and belongs to the Alyawarr language group. She is the daughter of the well-known artist, Dolly Mills.

Jeannie Pitjara Petyarre
Jeannie Pitjara Petyarre

Jeannie was born in the 1950s into a family of well-known artists at Boundary Bore, Utopia. Her cousins include such greats as Gloria Petyarre, Nancy, Myrtle, Kathleen, Violet, and Ada Bird.

Josie Kunoth Petyarre
Josie Kunoth Petyarre

Josie’s mother, renowned artist Polly Ngale, sisters and aunties are all Utopia artists and the years spent watching them provided inspiration to her. Like most members of her community…

Joylene Reid Napangarti
Joylene Reid Napangarti

Joyleen shows great talent and is certainly an up and coming artist. She was born 1971 at Papunya.

Kathleen Ngala
Kathleen Ngala

Kathleen Ngale is a senior woman, born c.1930 in the Utopia region of Central Australia. She belongs to the oldest living generation of Utopia artists and has in the last two decades emerged as one of the greatest Aboriginal artists

Kathleen Petyarre
Kathleen Petyarre

Being part of a totem that’s embodied by her whole family through their artistic expression can be a difficult path to take especially if there are seven sisters together in one place with the Mountain Devil Lizard

Kudditji Kngwarreye
Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye is the younger brother of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and an Anmatyerre elder and custodian of many important Dreamings and a custodian for ceremonial sites located in his country at Utopia Station

Kylie Kemarre
Kylie Kemarre

Kylie is the daughter of Janice Clarke Kngwarrey and Wally Clarke Pwerl, both Utopia artists. She has been painting since the late 1990s.

Lena Pwerle
Lena Pwerle

All of Lena’s stories come from her father’s country, Lyentye. Lena has only ever been known to paint the story for Soakage Dreaming and bush foods, but she also owns the story for the Bush Plum…

Lily Kelly Napangardi
Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi is a senior law woman of the Mt Liebig community, in the Northern Territory, north-west of Alice Springs. 

She was born at Haasts Bluff in 1948 and moved to Papunya in the 1960′s.

Lindsay Bird Mpetyane
Lindsay Bird Mpetyane

Lindsay is the nephew of the great Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Born in 1942 at Ungoola he is a member of the Eastern Anmatyerre people.In 1975 Lindsay Bird Mpetyane and his family.

Lorna Fencer Napurrula
Lorna Fencer Napurrula

Lorna Fencer was among the many Warlpiri people forcibly relocated to Lajamanu situated at Hookers Creek, where a government settlement had been established. This country is the traditional land of the Gurindji Aboriginal

Mary Morton Kemarre
Mary Morton Kemarre

Mary is one of the senior women at Utopia and has responsibility for initiating young women. She was born about 1930. Her country is North of Utopia and she has custodial responsibility for the Kurrajong tree.

Mitjili Napurrula
Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili is a Pintupi woman from the Haasts Bluff region west of Alice Springs. She was born about 1945 and is half sister to artist Turkey Tjupurrula Tolson and Narpula Napurrula. Obviously artistic talent runs in the Family.

Narpula Scobie Napurrula
Narpula Scobie Napurrula

One of the first few women known to paint for the Papunya Tula Artists, a group of artists of the Papunya Tula Movement which were highly regarded for their high standard work and powerful style. Narpula Scobie Napurrula imbibes her audiences…

Narrabri Nakamarra
Narrabri Nakamarra

The painting is associated with the rock hole site at Lupulnga where women travelled and performed their ceremonies.The linear pattern represents the sandhills (tali).

Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri
Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri

Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri was born in Haasts Bluff about 1948. In 2006 she was the winner of the 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Award. In 2004 Ngoia received First Prize in the Advocate Central Australian Award.

Ningura Napurrula
Ningura Napurrula

Ningura Napurrula Gibson was born around 1938 at Watulka in Western Australia, south of the modern Kiwirrkura community. Ningura Napurrula moved to Papunya in the early days of the settlement with her husband Yala Yala.

Polly Ngala
Polly Ngala

Polly Ngala lives at Utopia with her family and sisters. She was born about 1940 into the Anmatyerre tribe and is one of our great Utopian artists and is younger sister to Kathleen Ngala, another of the great Utopian artists.

Queenie Lion Kemarre
Queenie Lion Kemarre

Queenie is a senior woman of the Alyawarr tribe. She was involved with the summer project of 1988-9 and earlier with the introduction of batik workshops at the Utopia community. Queenie is represented in the ‘Holmes a Court’.

Ray James Tjangala
Ray James Tjangala

A great artist that emerged from the apprenticeship to one of the pioneer painters of Papunya who founded the desert painting movement, Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi, Ray James Tjangala quickly caught the public’s attention.

Rosemary Petyarre
Rosemary Petyarre

This painting depicts leaves of the Pencil yam plant and its seeds, which were once an important food source for the Anmatyerre people of Utopia, Central Australia. There are many dreaming rituals attached to this plant and homage.

Sarah Morton Kngwarreye
Sarah Morton Kngwarreye

Sarah is daughter of the great Utopian artist Mary Morton Kemarre and is a member of the famous Kngwarreye family clan including international artist Emily Kngwarreye now deceased. She is recognized for her traditional.

Tatali Napurrula
Tatali Napurrula

Tatuli Napurrula was born in Haasts Bluff about 1957 and now lives in Kintore. She is associated with the Papunya Tula (Western Desert) Artists and began painting in the 1990′s. Tatuli is an innovative Western Desert artist.

Thomas Tjapaltjarri
Thomas Tjapaltjarri

Thomas Tjapaltjarri was one of a group of nine that made national headlines in 1984. They were described as “the Last Nomads” The group caused a sensation when they walked out of the desert and made contact with the “modern” world

Violet Petyarre
Violet Petyarre

Violet Petyarre together with sisters Kathleen, Gloria and Myrtle began producing batik on silk and like many Utopia artists, commenced painting on canvas later on. Since then she has come a long way and is regarded as an.

Walala Tjapaltjarri
Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala like his brothers Thomas and Warlimpirrnga was one of a group of nine Aboriginals that made national headlines in 1984. They were described as “the Last Nomads” The group caused a sensation when thy walked out of…

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri
Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Born east of Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia, Warlimpirringa came to Kiwirrkurra with his family in 1984. (This family group was considered to be one of the last Pintupi who made contact with modern Australia). Warlimpirrnga began painting…

Willy Tjungarrayi
Willy Tjungarrayi

One of the most sought after painters of the Western Desert, Willy Tjungurrayi is a senior Pintupi man, entitled by his ancestry and communal position to paint the sacred and secret Tingari cycle.

Yinarupa Nangala
Yinarupa Nangala

Yinarupa Nangala was born in the Kiwirrkura region of Western Australia. She is a second generation Papunya Tula artist, the daughter of the late Anatjari Tjampitjinpa. She began painting in 1996 and in 2009 was the winner of the.

Yuyuya Nampitjinpa
Yuyuya Nampitjinpa

Yuyuya Nampitjinpa was born west of Muyinga in Western Australia, just over the Northern Territory border, circa 1946. Her family moved into Haasts Bluff in the 1950’s and later to the newly formed Papunya Community. She is the sister of the well known artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. In 1999, Yuyuya contributed to the Kintore women’s painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal.