Clarise Tunkin

Clarise Tunkin, Pitjantjatjara artist descendent of Jimmy Baker, Kay Baker and Teresa Baker, paints Marlilu ancestral stories from APY Lands

 

Minyma Marlilu Tjukurrpa by Patricia Tunkin & Clarise Tunkin

Patricia Tunkin & Clarise Tunkin  |  Minyma Marlilu Tjukurrpa

Jap 018549  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 160 cm

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Minyma Marlilu Tjukurrpa by Clarise Tunkin

Clarise Tunkin  |  Minyma Marlilu Tjukurrpa

Jap 017992  |  acrylic on linen  |  182 x 120 cm

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Minma Marlilu Tjukurrpa by Clarise Tunkin

Clarise Tunkin  |  Minma Marlilu Tjukurrpa

Jap 019429  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 61 cm

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Minma Marlilu Tjukurrpa by Clarise Tunkin

Clarise Tunkin  |  Minma Marlilu Tjukurrpa

Jap 019442  |  acrylic on canvas  |  196 x 122 cm

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Minma Marlilu Tjukurrpa by Clarise Tunkin

Clarise Tunkin  |  Minma Marlilu Tjukurrpa

Jap 019432  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 76 cm

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Artist Clarise Tunkin

About Clarise Tunkin

Date of Birth

1993

Place of Birth

Alice Springs, NT

Language

Pitjantjatjara

Community

Kanpi, SA

Family

Clarise Tunkin is a Pitjantjatjara artist from a highly recognized family of artists. Her great-grandfather was Jimmy Baker (c.1915-2010) a foundation artist at Kanpi where his family were the traditional owners for the outstation and its lands. Clarise’s grandmother Kay Baker and mother Teresa Baker have continued the very strong artistic tradition of the family.

Career

Clarise began her own painting career in 2012 and was represented in the 2015 and 2016 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). Clarise was taught by her mother Teresa Baker and paints stories of Country associated with Marlilu, a Pitjantjatjara ancestral creation figure. Clarise was taken to locations connected to the story by her mother when she was about fifteen.

Style

Clarise Tunkin paints in a style recognisably linked to the artistic tradition on the APY Lands in general and to her own family throughout the previous three generations. She has been exhibiting her work since 2015 in galleries across Australia.

Aboriginal Art Status

Rising Star

Collections

Monash University Collection, Melbourne

Awards

2016 33rd NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist – collaborative piece with Teresa Baker
2015 32nd NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist

Solo Exhibition

2018 Clarise Tunkin Exhibition – A Magnificent APY Lands Artist, Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery

Clarise Tunkin in the Studio

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Anangu Artists – We carry story in our hearts, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2019 International Women’s Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Women’s Show, Yaama ganu, Moree, NSW
2019 Landscape Colours, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2018 Baker Family Exhibition, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2017 PALYA: NYAPARI NOW, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2016 Family Ties: The Next Generation, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2016 Good Together, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

Links

 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)

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