Eunice Napanangka Jack

Born 1940

Eunice was born at Lupul in the Sir Frederick Ranges. When Eunice was a little girl, and like so many other Aboriginal families at the time, shortages of food forced her family east towards the ration stations being set up in central Australia. She remembers the travels with her family very vividly and refers to it as when her mother carried her piggy back all the way from Western Australia to Haasts Bluff.

Now an important woman in the community Eunice is well known for her hunting skills, dancing and traditional law knowledge. Eunice started painting with the opening of the Ikuntji Women's Centre in August of 1992. Prior to that during the 1970s she assisted her husband Gideon Tjupurrula Jack who was painting at Papunya Tula. Eunice's paintings are interpretations of her country near Lake Mackay. She uses layers of colour to build up a vision of the bush flowers and grasses. Amongst this landscape Eunice's personal stories are told, either of the travelling of her tjukurrpa – the Bilby – or the people who once lived in the area. Her father was Tutuma Tjapangarti, one of the first men to paint for Papunya Tula. Eunice also paints his country, which includes Tjukurla, Tjila, Kurulto and Lupul. Her mother was from the Walpiri side of Lake Mackay – Winparrku – in Western Australia. A brilliant colourist, Eunice's Hairstring, Tali (sandhill), Mungada (apple) and wildflower paintings display great talent and dedication to her profession and traditions. Her Hairstring works are made up of thousands of varied colour strokes, representing the hair being rolled on women's thighs to make bags and clothing. Her Mungada (apple) works hold myriad dusted mauve circles overlaying the ground of varicoloured-feathered brushwork. Highly collectable, Eunice is represented in leading galleries worldwide.

COLLECTIONS
• Bailleau Myer, de Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
• Campbelltown Regional Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW
• Flinders University, SA
• Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, VIC
• Museum And Art Gallery of Northern Territory, NT
• National Gallery of Victoria, VIC
• PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
• Thomas Vroom-Sammlung, Amsterdam, NL
• University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
• Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
• Ganter Myer Collection, Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, USA
• Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
• Helen Read Collection


2016
10th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT
33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Kurlkayima Ngatha -Remember Me, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
Chants du Desert - Art aborigene contemporain, La Chapelle du College dEu, Ville dEu, France
Malpa Wiru (NAIDOC Celebration), Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa, SA
Kunga Kotara - Two Women, Tunbridge Gallery, Subiaco, WA
The Blooming Desert, Talapi, Alice Springs, NT
Kurlkayima Ngatha - Remember Me, FORM, Perth, WA
Ikuntji Artists – Paintings from Haasts Bluff, Jaktman Australian Contemporary Art Gallery, NT

2015
Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair, Tandanya Institute, Adelaide, SA
Tarnanthi Festival, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
Ancestral Presence - recent works by Ikuntji Artists, June Marriott Gallery, Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct
9th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT
Colors of Nature, Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Power of Place, FORM, State Theatre, Perth, WA
Art Parade, Whistlewood VIC
Around the Campfire, Fundraiser Concert, Alice Springs, NT

2014
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs NT
8th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, NT
21 Years Ikuntji Artists Festival, Ikuntji Artists, Haasts Bluff, NT
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
A Love of Country: The Indigenous Perspective, A Seymour College Art Exhibition
7th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT
SOAF - Seoul Open Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea
IndigenousArt, International Grammar School, Sydney, NSW

2011
Korowa College exhibition, Melbourne, VIC
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
Scotch College Exhibition, Melbourne, VIC
Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Where Creeks Cross: New Australian Aboriginal Paintings from Ikuntji, Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, USA

2010
ArtMob, Hobart, TAS
Gallery Runfurlie, Melbourne, VIC
Qdos Gallery, Germany
Ochre Gallery Melbourne, VIC
Artkelch, Germany
Womens Business, Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, USA

2009
Eunice Napanangka Jack and Alice Nampitjinpa, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, NSW
Winter Warmers, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Value of Country, Artkelch, Direct Invest, Düsseldorf, Germany
Ikuntji Artists, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Mixed Show, Palya Art, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW
Ikuntji Icons, Artmob, Hobart, TAS
Land and Mythology- Art of the Western Desert, Artequity, Sydney, NSW
Palya Art, Gallows Gallery, Perth, WA
Ikuntji Artists, QDos Arts, Lorne, VIC
Aboriginal Art- Window to Culture, Australian Embassy (Australia Day Exhibition), ARTKELCH, Berlin, Germany
Palya Art, Cabinet Malemont, Paris, France
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
Eunice & Alice (with Alice Nampitjinpa), Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney, NSW
Ikuntji meets Brisbane, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT

2008
Ikuntji Now, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Desert Stories, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA
Ikuntji Women Painters, Kingsfisher Gallery, Perth, WA
Ikuntji Show, QDos Gallery, Lorne, VIC
Divas of the Desert, Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs and Sydney, NSW
Gruppenausstellung, ArtKelch, Freiburg i.Br., Germany
Cultural Connections - Desert Stories, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA
Group Show, Palya Art, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW
25th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Licht in der Wüste. Aboriginal Art aus der Central und Western Desert, ARTKELCH, Galerie im Lichthaus Kirchner, Weinstadt, GR
Yungkiya & Kulunypa - Old & New, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
(with Alice Nampitjinpa), Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
Painting My Tjukurrpa (with Marinka Nangala Marshall), Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
Group Show, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
Womens Business, ArtKelch, Freiburg i.Br., Germany
Palya Art, Mary Place, Darwin, NT and Sydney, NSW
Tiwi Ngurrara, ARTKELCH, Freiburg i.Br., Germany

2007
Yaiti Yamimi, Bandigan Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Desert Dreamings: Earth + Water, Artitja Fine Art, Perth, WA
Group Show, Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, VIC
Best Of The Best, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
Group Show, Palya Art, Melbourne, VIC
Group Show, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2006
Cicada Trading Gallery in the Middle East
The TogArt Contemporary Art Exhibition
Anangu, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
Big Country, Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
Senior Aboriginal Women Artists of Central Australia, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT

2005
Cicada Trading Gallery in the Middle East
Strata: Deserts Past Present and Future, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
Elisabeth Baehr, Art Frankfurt, Germany
Eunice Jack & Alice Nampitjinpa, Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
Desert Divas, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
Ikuntji Desert Belles, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
Brisbane Art Fair, Susan OConnell Gallery, QLD

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