Regina Pilawuk Wilson

Born 1948

Regina Pilawuk Wilson, a Ngan'gikurrungurr woman, was born in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory.

Together with her husband, Harold Wilson, Regina founded the Peppimenarti (meaning 'large rock') Community as a permanent settlement for the Ngan'gikurrungurr people in the Daly River region, south west of Darwin, in 1973. The location of the community is an important dreaming site for the Ngangikurrungurr language group and is situated amid wetlands and flood plains at the centre of the Daly River Aboriginal Reserve, 300 kilometres south-west of Darwin.

The subject matter of Regina's work is based in the practice of weaving fibre art - skills she inherited from her grandmother and mother. After attending the Contemporary Art Biennale (Pacific Arts Festival) in 2000, Regina decided to try acrylic painting. Regina experimented with various techniques and designs during workshops held by the Darwin gallerist Karen Brown.

During this time, she started to transfer her weaving designs and patterns into canvas, including syaw (fish-net), wupun (basket), string bags, wall mats and sun mats. Wilson also celebrates the cultural significance of 'message sticks' in her paintings - a traditional form of communication between communities - and transposes their densely textured qualities onto the canvas. The subject of durrmu (body painting dots) has also more recently been explored by Regina.

Regina has produced silkscreen prints (2001, 2007,2010) and etchings (2007, 2009) with Red Hand and Basil Hall Editions.

Regina won the General Painting category of the Telstra National Indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander Award in 2003 for a golden syaw (fish-net) painting.

Examples of Regina's work are held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Gallery of Modern Art (Queensland Art Gallery), The British Museum and numerous private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.

Regina is a Cultural Support Officer with Durrmu Arts, and has been instrumental in the art centre's establishment and continued strength and success.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 'String Theory' Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2013 Kate Challis RAKA Finalist, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne
2013 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Finalist, Darwin
2013 TOGART Art Award Finalist, Chan Contemporary Space, Darwin
2013 'ReGeneration' - McCulloch & McCulloch, Melbourne
2013 'TIME' - Poimena Gallery, Launceston Tasmania
2012 ANKAAA - Big Family II, The Cross Arts Projects, Sydney
2012 Le Point de Papunya - Beyond the Papunya dot, IDAIA, Musee du Montparnasse Paris, France
2012 Weaving Designs by Durrmu Arts, Nomad Art, Darwin
2012 Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Collection, Seattle Art Museum, USA
2012 Murr-ma: Uncovering Aboriginal & Australian contemporary art, Michael Reid, Berlin
2012 Redlands Westpac Art Award, National Art School, Sydney
2011 The Women's Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Out of Australia: prints and drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas, British Museum, London
2010 Shalom Gamarada, Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2010 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin
2010 Important Aboriginal Art, Caruana & Reid Fine Art, Sydney
2010 Prints and Pandanus, Nomad Art, Darwin
2010 Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River
2009 3rd Moscow Biennale of Art, Moscow, Russia
2009 Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery
2009 Yewirr, Raft Artspace, Darwin
2009 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin
2009 Country Culture Community, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2009 Wynne Prize
2009 Southern Exchange, Hong Kong
2009 Shalom Gamarada, Shalom College, University of New South Wales
2008 Telstra National Indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander Award
2008 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin
2008 Shalom Gamarada, Shalom College, University of New South Wales
2008 Important Aboriginal Art, Caruana Reid, Sydney
2008 The Sum of Us, Michael Reid, Sydney
2008 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2008 Ancient Culture. Modern Art, Club 21 Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore
2007 Peppimenarti, Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney
2007 Peppimenarti Open Day
2006 Western Desert and Beyond at the Central Tafe Art Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
2006 Deadly: Campbelltown Art Centre's Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander Collection, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
2006 My Country, Noosa Blue Resort, Queensland, part of the Indigenous Art Feast, Noosa Longweekend
2006 Dreaming their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
2005 Shalom Gamarada Art Exhibition, Shalom College, University of New South Wales
2005 North by North-West: Contemporary Indigenous Art from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection, Art Gallery of Queensland
2004-05 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award: Celebrating 20 Years, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory & traveling exhibition
2004 Peppimenarti, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 General Painting, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander ArtAward, Darwin
2003 Peppimenarti, Karen Brown Gallery, Darwin
2003 Colour Country, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
2000 Contemporary Art Biennale in Noumea, staged as part of the Pacific Arts Festival

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 Collection: New Works, CaruanaReid Fine Art at Michael Reid, Sydney
2008 New Works, Caruana Reid Fine Art at Michael Reid, Sydney
2008 New Works, Santa Monica Art Studios, LA
2006 New Works, Agathon Gallery, Melbourne
2005 New Works, Agathon Gallery, Sydney
2004 New Works, Karen Brown Gallery, DarwinS

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

The British Museum, UK
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Queensland Art Gallery
National Gallery of Victoria
Campbelltown Arts Centre
Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, WA, USA
Colin and Elizabeth Laverty Collection, Sydney
Grant Samuel Collection, Sydney
Fife Capital Collection, Sydney
Barrie & Jude Lepley Collection, Perth
Parliament House Collection, Canberra

AWARDS

2013 Finalist, Kate Challis RAKA Award, Ian Potter Museum of Art
2013 Finalist, Telstra National Indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander Award
2013 Finalist, Togart Arts Awards, Northern Territory
2009 Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2008 Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2008 Finalist, Telstra National Indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander Award
2003 General Painting, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award

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