Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa Paintings

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa, lives Docker River, paints ancestral Dreamings at Yumari & Tjukurla, sister of artists Mrs Bennett & Esther Giles


My Country by Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa  |  My Country

Jap 014049  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm


Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa has been a life-long companion to her sisters Mrs Bennett, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, and Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, all established Western Desert artists. Of the three Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa has been the most outstanding, being a powerful presence in the 1994 Women’s painting camp held for Haasts Bluff and Kintore women.

This event announced the arrival of the women desert artists, who until that time had largely worked in the background for their men folk. This important event was timely, as the family of Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa and Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa had moved to Papunya in the early days of this government settlement, and had been at the centre of the art movement that had emerged from there.

Like other desert artists who moved from their homelands, Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa maintained a strong connection to her ancestral country around Docker River. Now living back at Docker River with her sister Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, Tjawina paints some of those important Dreaming sites from birthplace.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2010 Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa – Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney NSW
  • 2014 Desert Song – Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
  • 2015 Sixteen Artists – 16 x 2, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA