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b. 1969 -

Tjungkara Ken (born 1 October 1969) is an Australian Aboriginal artist from Amata, South Australia.[1] She began painting in 1997,[1] when Minymaku Arts was opened by the women of Ama?a.[2] She started doing it professionally (as a job) in 2008.[1] By that time, the artists' co-operative had been renamed to Tjala Arts.[2]

Ken's paintings depict stories and figures from her personal Tjukurpa (Dreaming), the spirituality that is associated with her ancestor's homeland. Her father is from the country around Ama?a and Walitjara, and Ken most often depicts this country and its Tjukurpa in her paintings. She also illustrates her mother's country, which is further west, near Irrunytju.[1]

Ken's paintings have been featured in group exhibitions in many of Australia's major cities. Some of her work was also part of an exhibition in Graz, Austria in 2002.[1][3] One of her paintings, titled Ngayuku ngura – My Country, was chosen as a finalist for the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2010.[3][4] It was bought by a private collector.[5] Another of Ken's works, a painting depicting the Kungkarungkara (Seven Sisters Dreaming), was chosen by the Art Gallery of South Australia as the winner of its "Desert Country" competition in 2011.[6] The exhibition featured works by several artists from across the A?angu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, including Maringka Baker, Nura Rupert and Jimmy Baker.[7][8]

Examples of Ken's work are shown in the National Gallery of Victoria,[9] the Art Gallery of South Australia,[10] the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art,[3][11] and the National Gallery of Australia.[12] It is also held in several major private galleries in Australia.[1][3]

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          • TJUNGKARA KEN (born 1969) (Language group: Pitjantjatjara) Ngayuku Ngura (My Country) 2009 synthetic polymer paint on linen 152.5 x...
            Nov. 21, 2023

            TJUNGKARA KEN (born 1969) (Language group: Pitjantjatjara) Ngayuku Ngura (My Country) 2009 synthetic polymer paint on linen 152.5 x...

            Est: $8,000 - $12,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN (born 1969) (Language group: Pitjantjatjara) Ngayuku Ngura (My Country) 2009 synthetic polymer paint on linen 152.5 x 122cm PROVENANCE: The Artist Tjala Arts, South Australia, cat. no. 338-09 Marshall Arts, South Australia The Le Pley Collection, Western Australia, acquired from the above in 2009 OTHER NOTES: "In this painting Tjungkara has depicted her country. The different colours and designs represent variations in the landscape." As stated on the Tjala Arts certificate of authenticity © Tjungkara Ken/Copyright Agency, 2023

            Leonard Joel
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2012
            Mar. 30, 2022

            TJUNGKARA KEN, NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2012

            Est: $7,000 - $10,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN born 1969 NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2012 synthetic polymer paint on linen 150.5 x 121.0 cm bears inscription verso: artist’s name and Tjala Arts cat. 304-12 PROVENANCE Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Marshall Arts, Adelaide Private collection, Melbourne © Tjungkara Ken/Copyright Agency 2022

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, SEVEN SISTERS, 2010
            Aug. 31, 2021

            TJUNGKARA KEN, SEVEN SISTERS, 2010

            Est: $6,000 - $8,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN born 1969 SEVEN SISTERS, 2010 synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen 152.0 x 101.0 cm bears inscription verso: artist's name and Tjala Arts cat. 310–10 PROVENANCE Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Private collection, Sydney This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tjala Arts that states: ‘In this painting Tjungkara has depicted her country. The different colours and designs represent variations in the landscape.’ This work is located at our Melbourne gallery © Tjungkara Ken/Copyright Agency 2021

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • Tjungkara Ken, Seven Sisters, 2017, acrylic on linen
            Apr. 15, 2020

            Tjungkara Ken, Seven Sisters, 2017, acrylic on linen

            Est: $7,500 - $9,500

            Tjungkara Ken, Seven Sisters, 2017, acrylic on linen, 200 x 122 cm. Provenance: Tjala Arts

            Galerie Zadra
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, SEVEN SISTERS, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
            Mar. 18, 2020

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, SEVEN SISTERS, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen

            Est: $6,000 - $8,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN born 1969 SEVEN SISTERS, 2010 synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist's name and Tjala Arts cat. 130–10 DIMENSIONS: 101.0 x 152.5 cm PROVENANCE: Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney Maclean collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in June 2010 EXHIBITED: Nganampa Tjukurpa Kunpu – Our Strong Stories, Aboriginal and Pacific Art in association with Tjala Arts, 27 May – 19 June 2010 This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tjala Arts, Amata.

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on canvas
            Mar. 18, 2020

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

            Est: $7,000 - $9,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN born 1969 NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2010 synthetic polymer paint on canvas SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist's name and Tjala Arts cat. 260-10 DIMENSIONS: 152.5 x 122.0 cm PROVENANCE: Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs Maclean collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in October 2010 EXHIBITED: Desert Mob 2010, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, 10 September – 24 October 2010, cat. TJL07 This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tjala Arts, Amata.

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2009, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
            Mar. 18, 2020

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2009, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen

            Est: $7,000 - $9,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN born 1969 NGAYUKU NGURA – MY COUNTRY, 2009 synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist's name and Tjala Arts cat. 010–09 DIMENSIONS: 122.0 x 152.5 cm PROVENANCE: Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia (stamped verso) Marshall Arts, Adelaide Maclean collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in March 2009 This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tjala Arts, Amata

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • Tjungkara Ken (1969 - ) - Ngayuku Ngura (My Country), 2008 122 x 101.5cm
            Aug. 22, 2019

            Tjungkara Ken (1969 - ) - Ngayuku Ngura (My Country), 2008 122 x 101.5cm

            Est: $3,000 - $5,000

            Tjungkara Ken (1969 - ) Ngayuku Ngura (My Country), 2008 acrylic on linen (unstetched) 122 x 101.5cm Tajala Arts certificate of authenticity

            Lawsons
          • Tjungkara Ken (1969 - ) - Ngayuka Ngura (My Country), 2008 122 x 152cm (stretched and ready to hang)
            Aug. 22, 2019

            Tjungkara Ken (1969 - ) - Ngayuka Ngura (My Country), 2008 122 x 152cm (stretched and ready to hang)

            Est: $4,000 - $6,000

            Tjungkara Ken (1969 - ) Ngayuka Ngura (My Country), 2008 acrylic on linen 122 x 152cm (stretched and ready to hang) certificate of authenticity

            Lawsons
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, SANDRA KEN, YARITJI YOUNG, born 1969, born c.1968, born c.1956, THREE SISTERS PAINT THE SEVEN SISTERS, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on canvas
            Jun. 13, 2018

            TJUNGKARA KEN, SANDRA KEN, YARITJI YOUNG, born 1969, born c.1968, born c.1956, THREE SISTERS PAINT THE SEVEN SISTERS, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

            Est: $8,000 - $12,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN, SANDRA KEN, YARITJI YOUNG, born 1969, born c.1968, born c.1956, THREE SISTERS PAINT THE SEVEN SISTERS, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on canvas SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist's names and Tjala Arts cat. 299 a/b/c - 10 DIMENSIONS: 197.5 x 120.0 cm PROVENANCE: Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Marshall Arts, Adelaide Private collection, Sydney RELATED WORK: Three sisters paint the Seven Sisters, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 198.9 x 122.9 cm, in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne ESSAY: REPRESENTED BY Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney Outstation Gallery, Darwin

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • My Country - Ngayuku Ngura
            Nov. 16, 2017

            My Country - Ngayuku Ngura

            Est: $5,000 - $7,000

            "In this painting Tjungkara has depicted her country. The different coulours and designs represent variations in the landscape." Original Certificate

            Cooee Art
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, SEVEN SISTERS, 2011, synthetic polymer paint on canvas
            May. 10, 2017

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, SEVEN SISTERS, 2011, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

            Est: $10,000 - $15,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, SEVEN SISTERS, 2011, synthetic polymer paint on canvas SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist’s name and Tjala Arts cat. 414-11 DIMENSIONS: 197.0 x 122.0 cm PROVENANCE: Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Private collection, New South Wales ESSAY: This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tjala Arts, Amata with a description of the story depicted.

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, UNTITLED NGAYUKU NGURA (MY COUNTRY), 2009, synthetic polymer paint on canvas
            May. 25, 2016

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, UNTITLED NGAYUKU NGURA (MY COUNTRY), 2009, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

            Est: $8,000 - $12,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, UNTITLED NGAYUKU NGURA (MY COUNTRY), 2009, synthetic polymer paint on canvas SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist's name, date, community and Tjala Arts cat. 558-09 DIMENSIONS: 151.0 x 120.0 cm PROVENANCE: Tjala Arts, Amata, South Australia Marshall Arts, Adelaide Private collection, Adelaide This work is accompanied by a certificate from Tjala Arts which states: ‘In this painting Tjungkara has depicted her country. The different colours and designs represent variations in the landscape.’

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, TJALA TJUKURPA (HONEY ANT STORY), 2008, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
            Dec. 02, 2015

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, TJALA TJUKURPA (HONEY ANT STORY), 2008, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen

            Est: $8,000 - $10,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, TJALA TJUKURPA (HONEY ANT STORY), 2008, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen SIGNED: inscribed verso: artist’s name and Tjala Arts cat. 383-11 DIMENSIONS: 122.0 x 153.0 cm EXHIBITED: Ngayuku ngura – My Country, 2010, collection Art Gallery of South Australia , illus. in Cumpston, N., and Paton, B., Desert Country: Contemporary Aboriginal Painting, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2010, p. 181 and cover illustration PROVENANCE: Tjala Arts, South Australia (label stamped verso) Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne (label attached verso) Private collection, Melbourne

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, SEVEN SISTERS, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on linen
            Nov. 26, 2014

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, SEVEN SISTERS, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on linen

            Est: $7,000 - $9,000

            TJUNGKARA KEN, born 1969, SEVEN SISTERS, 2010, synthetic polymer paint on linen SIGNED: inscribed verso: artist's name and Tjala Arts cat. 125-10 DIMENSIONS: 152.5 x 122.0 cm PROVENANCE: Tjala Arts, South Australia (stamped verso) Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne Private collection, United States of America RELATED WORK: Ngayuku ngura - My Country, 2010, collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, illus. in Cumpston, N., and Patton, B., Desert Country: Contemporary Aboriginal Painting, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2010, p. 181 and wrap-around cover illustration This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tjala Arts which states: 'Tjungkara has depicted the Seven Sisters Story. The sisters are the constellation of Pleiades and the other star Orion is said to be Nyiru or Nyirunya (described as a lusty or bad man). Nyiru is forever chasing the sisters known as the Kunkarunkara women as it is said he wants to marry the eldest sister. 'The seven sisters travel again and again from the sky to the earth to escape Nyiru's unwanted attentions. They turn into their human form to escape from the persistent Nyiru, but he always finds them and they flee back to the sky. 'As Nyiru is chasing the sisters he tries to catch them by using magic to turn into the most tempting kampurarpra (bush tomatoes) for the sisters to eat and the most beautiful Ili (fig) tree for them to camp under.However, the sisters are too clever for Nyiru and outwit him as they are knowledgeable about his magic. They go hungry and run through the night rather than be caught by Nyiru. 'Every now and again one of the women fall victim to his ways. It is said that he eventually captures the youngest sister, but with the help of the oldest sister, she escapes back to her sisters who are waiting for her. Eventually the sisters fly back into the sky to escape Nyiru, reforming the constellation. '(In some cases the artist will secretly depict sexual elements as Nyiru is really only after one thing - sex).'

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • Tjungkara Ken (born 1969)
            Mar. 24, 2013

            Tjungkara Ken (born 1969)

            Est: £6,000 - £8,000

            Ngayuku Ngura (My Country), 2010 synthetic polymer paint on linen 152.5 x 101.5cm (60 1/16 x 39 15/16in).

            Bonhams
          • TJUNGKARA KENNGAYUKU NGURU (MY COUNTRY), 2009
            Nov. 28, 2012

            TJUNGKARA KENNGAYUKU NGURU (MY COUNTRY), 2009

            Est: $8,000 - $12,000

            TJUNGKARA KENNGAYUKU NGURU (MY COUNTRY), 2009 152.0 x 101.0 cm synthetic polymer paint on linen

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • Tjungkara Ken (born 1969)
            May. 28, 2012

            Tjungkara Ken (born 1969)

            Est: -

            Ngayuku Nguru (My Country) bears artist's name and Tjala Arts catalogue number 033-10 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint on linen 198 x 153cm

            Bonhams
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