“Sitting at the base of the Mann Ranges, the Nyapari Community is host to the Tjungu Palya art centre, 450 km south-west of Alice Springs in the APY Lands. It is an Aboriginal owned and operated enterprise.
Supporting artists in the neighbouring homelands of Kanpi and Watarru, this joining of communities is where Tjungu Palya takes its name meaning â€˜good together.’ Tjungu Palya is a dynamic and innovative community Art Centre, that plays a vital economic role in the sustainability of these small communities.
The strength of artistâ€™s work from this region continues to grow through the fine traditions set by Nellie Stewart and Wingu Tingima (both now deceased), and the definitive styles of senior law men Ginger Wikilyiri and Jimmy Baker. Elder Maringka Baker also paints with authority and knowledge in her stunning compartmentalized precision of marks and form.
The emerging next generation of artists are also well supported at Tjungu Palya with family connections evident in the work of Matthew Tiger, grandson of Kunmanara Tiger (deceased); painting since 2012, he uses his grandfatherâ€™s memory as inspiration. The linear compartments of Maringka Bakerâ€™s work can be seen in her lineage: daughter Elaine Woods and grand-daughters Julie and Venita Woods presenting similar form, albeit a different palette. Mr Bakerâ€™s grand-daughters Teresa Baker and Kani Tunkin have been presenting a precision and exactitude for which their work is known.”