Image credit: Tjungkara Ken Photo: Tjala Arts
____________29.05.19 Tjungkara Ken in the Wynne Prize 2019
Tjungkara Ken is a finalist in the Wynne Prize 2019 with her work Seven Sisters. Showing her work alongside fellow Tjala Arts painter, Sylvia Ken, Tjungkara’s work depicts the Seven Sisters story involving the sisters being chased across country by Wati Nyiru (a bad man).
Tjungkara Ken’s work will also be featured in an upcoming exhibition with Tjala Arts at Jan Murphy Gallery in August.
Image credit: Tjungkara Ken Seven Sisters 2019 acrylic on linen 198.5 x 198.5 cm
____________30.05.19 Ken Sisters Collaborative win the 2018 35th NATSIAA’s Peoples Choice Award
Tjungkara Ken (as part of the Ken Sisters Collaborative) was a finalist in the 2018 35th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Their artwork won the People’s Choice Award in the 2018 NATSIAA prize.
Image credit: Ken Sisters Collaborative Seven Sisters 2018 acrylic on linen 200.0 x 300.0 cm
____________30.05.19 Tjungkara Ken in Archibald Prize 2017
Tjungkara Ken was a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2017 with her self-portrait Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa (Seven Sisters dreaming). Winning the Wynne Prize the previous year with the Ken Sisters Collaborative, Ken’s entrance in the 2017 Archibald Prize garnered wide acclaim.
The artist described her artwork as ‘a self-portrait through Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa, the Seven Sisters dreaming – a self-portrait of my country. For Anangu, they are one and the same.’
Image credit: Tjungkara Ken Kungkarangkalpa tjukurpa (Seven Sisters dreaming) 2017 acrylic on linen 240.0 x 200.0 cm
____________30.05.19 Tjungkara Ken in Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art
In 2018, as part of the Ken Sisters Collaborative, Tjungkara Ken presented her work in Divided Worlds – Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.
The Ken Sisters Collaborative is comprised of Tingila Yaritji Young, Maringka Tunkin, Sandra Ken, Freda Brady and Tjungkara Ken. They are part of the Western Desert art tradition. This distinct lineage was formed initially by women, under the name of Minymaku Arts (meaning ‘belonging to women’) in Amata in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art
3 March – 3 June 2018
Image credit: Ken Sisters Collaborative Kangkura-KangkuraKu Tjukurpa – A Sister’s Story 2017 (Detail) synthetic polymer paint on canvas, three panels, 300.0 x 200 cm each