Wakartu Cory Surprise – Australian Indigenous Aboriginal Artist

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Wakarty Cory Surprise – Artist Statement

“I was born at Tapu in the Great Sandy desert around 1929. Tapu is my father’s country and Kurtal is my mother’s country. My parents died when I was a baby. I grew up at Wayampajarti and that is my country now. I don’t remember my mummy or daddy. They passed away in the desert. When I was crawling, my sister-in-law Trixie took me to Christmas Creek. I was promised to one old man who had two wives. We had no clothes when we went in. We were frightened of the Station Manager so we ran away from that place. Two times we ran away to the desert.

I walked out from the bush as a young woman with my two brothers. We were living at Wayampajarti and around that country there. At Wayampajarti there is a jila (permanent waterhole) where Kalpartu (an ancestral snake) lives. When we lived out in the bush we learnt the law. We learnt where the water is, where our country is and where to find food. You have to be careful not to go to the wrong places because you might make the Kalpurtu (spirit snake) angry or the other ones like Kukurr, Murungkurr, Parlangan. You could make other people angry too. You need permission to go to other people’s country.

I went to the desert with my husband to look for kumanjayi (deceased) Pijaju out there, then we all came back for ceremony. My husband did contract work building fences. I followed him on those contracts. I worked as a camp cook. I cooked food for big mobs of people. I cleaned, cooked and milked goats. We worked at Quanbun Downs, Jubilee Station, Yiyili and Cherrabun Station. Then I lived mainly at one place, GoGo Station (near Fitzroy Crossing) until I was old. I came to Fitzroy Crossing in the 1950s. I have a big mob of kids and some of them have passed away now. I first started painting at Karrayili Adult Education Centre in the early eighties. We told our stories through painting and learned to speak to kartiya (European person). I also did painting at Bayulu community near Fitzroy Crossing. That’s how I told my story to kartiya. We worked on paper then, not canvas or board.

When I paint, I think about my country, and where I have been travelling across that country. I paint from here (points to head – thinking about country) and here (points to breasts, collarbone and shoulder blades – which is a reference to body painting). I think about my people, the old people and what they told me and jumangkarni (Dreamtime). When I paint I am thinking about law from a long time ago. I like painting, it’s good. I get pamarr (word for rock, stone money) for it. I can buy my food, tyres and fi x my car. I give some money to my family and I keep some for myself. Nobody taught me how to paint, I put down my own ideas. I saw these places for myself, I went there with the old people. I paint jilji (sand hills), jumu (soak water), jila (permanent waterhole), jiwari (rock hole), pamarr (hills and rock country), I think about mangarri (vegetable food) and kuyu (game) from my country and when I was there.”

Date of Birth            01/07/1929
Skin                          Nyapana
Language                Walmajarri
Country                   Pirrmal, Great Sandy Desert
Died                         2011

 

AWARDS:

2010               WA Indigenous Art Award

2009               Western Australian Premier’s Indigenous Art Award Winner of the ‘WA $10,000 Artist’ Award

2008               25th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Highly commended

1997               14th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Winner of the ‘Telstra Work on Paper’ Award

COLLECTIONS:

National Museum of Australia, Canberra, ACT

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT

National Gallery of Victoria

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Charles Darwin University

Steve Luzco Collection, San Franciso, USA

Sammlung Alison and Peter W Klein Collection, Germany

Laverty Collection

HBL Collection, Melbourne

Harriett and Richard England Collection

Fitzroy Crossing High School

Fitzroy Crossing Hospital

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2011                           Wakartu Cory Surprise: A retrospective collection of paintings, Seva Frangos Art, Perth, WA

2007                           Wakartu Cory Surprise, Silvershot Gallery Raft Artspace, Melbourne, VIC

2006                           Wakartu Cory Surprise: New Works, Raft Artspace, Darwin

2006                           Wakartu Cory Surprise, Silvershot Gallery Raft Artspace, Melbourne, VIC

2006                           Mangkaja Arts Presents Wakartu Cory Surprise, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2005                           Cory and Friends, ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2004                           Wakartu Cory Surprise, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2013-2014                My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD and Auckland Art Gallery- Toio Tamaki, Auckland, NZ

2009                           Mangkaja Artists 60×60 Randell Lane Fine Art, WA

2009                           Sharing Difference on Common Ground Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth, WA and Kimberley Aboriginal Artists

2009                           26th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

2009                           Wakartu Cory Surprise Alison Kelly Gallery, VIC

2009                           Celebrating Country: Kinship and Culture Seymour College, Glen Osmond, SA

2009                           Shalom Gamarada Caspary Conference Centre, University of NSW

2009                           Western Australian Indigenous Art Award Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA

2009                           Sitting Down with Jukuja & Wakartu RAFT Artspace, Darwin

2009                           Senior Artists from Fitzroy Crossing Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2009                           Mangkaja Survey Show Short St Gallery, Broome

2008                           The Other Thing: a survey show Charles Darwin University Art Collection, NT

2008                           Wet n’ Wild Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany

2008                           Mangkaja Arts A P Bond Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA

2008                           Marnintu Maparnana [Women Painting] ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2008                           The Canning Stock Route Project Beijing International Olympic Committee Expo, China

2008                           Shalom Gamarad Caspary Conference Centre, University of NSW

2008                           Mangkaja Artists WA Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth

2008                           25th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

2008                           Divas of the Desert Gallery Gondwana, Sydney

2008                           Waterholes and Bush Tucker Bridget McDonnell Hampton Gallery, VIC

2008                           Women On Country Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane

2008                           Bendi Lango The Indigenous Scholarship Fund, Sydney and Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD 2007 X Marks the Spot Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane

2007                           Jila, Jilji and Miyi Cool Art Gallery, Coolum Beach, QLD

2007                           Salt Water Fresh Water Central TAFE Art Gallery, Northbridge, WA

2007                           Women Artists of Fitzroy Crossing Raft Artspace, Darwin,

2007                           Mangkaja Arts – Fitzroy Crossing ARTKELCH, Germany

2007                           24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

2007                           Palya Art in Melbourne The Barn, Melbourne, VIC

2007                           Bendi Lango The Indigenous Scholarship Fund, Sydney and Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2006                         Mona Chugana & Cory Surprise Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2006                         Depth & Divergence Cullity Gallery, UWA, Perth, WA

2006                         Mangkaja Group Show Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, WA

2005                         True Colours – Recent works from Queensland College of Art Gallery, Fitzroy Crossing Griffith University, QLD

2005                         Surprise; Cory & Friends ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2005                         Mangkaja Group Show Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2005                         Colourfi elds Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT

2005                         Too Much Good Work Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2005                         22nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

2004-2005               Colour Power: Aboriginal Art Post 1984 National Gallery of Victoria

2004                         This is Still My Country: 10 Years On Perth International Arts Festival, Artplace, WA

2004                         Ngurrara Canvas Perth Concert Hall, Perth International Arts Festival, WA

2004                         Wakartu Cory Surprise & Widjee Henry Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2004                         Over the Top Frementle Art Centre, Perth, WA

2003                         Mangkaja Women Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2003                         Jila, Jumu, Jiwari & Wirrkuja University of Western Australia, Cullity Gallery, Perth, WA

2003                         Fitzroy Fusions Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2002                         Group Show Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2002                         Recent works from Mangkaja Arts Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2002                         Short on Size Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2001                         Ngurrara Canvas National Gallery of Australia, ACT

2001                         Mangkaja Arts Ten Years On – Mangkaja’s 10 Year Anniversary Show Tandanya, Adelaide, SA 2001 Fitzroy Women Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2001                         Short on Size Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2000                         Noumea-Pacifififi que 2000 Biennale D’Art Contemporain de Noumea

2000                         Short on Size Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2000                         Past modern, Australia Square Short St Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1999                         Ngurrara Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA

1999                         Short on Size Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

1998                         Group Show Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

1997                         14th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

1997                         Group Show Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1996                         Group Show Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1995                         Group Show Australian Perspectives Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

1995                         Kimberley Art Melbourne, VIC

1995                         12th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award National Tour

1994                         Ngajakura Ngurrara Minyarti: This is My Countrym Festival Of Perth Exhibition, Artplace, WA 1993 Images of Power National Gallery of Victoria

1993                         Mangkaja Women Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA

1992                         Group Show Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1991                         Karrayili Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA

PUBLIC ART:

2009                           Broome Prison – Panel design project

2008                           Fitzroy Valley Education Centre – panel project

2008                           Fitzroy Hospital – Wall design project, paintings on canvas, nurse base floor design

PUBLICATIONS:

2009                           Kimberley Aboriginal Artists, Sharing Difference on Common Ground

2009                           Collections australiennes contemporaines du musee des Confluences Aborigenes

2009                           Deutscher and Hackett, 25 March, Important A    Aboriginal Art

2009                           Collaborations – Wakartu Cory Surprise and Ildiko Kovacs, Australian Aboriginal Art

2007                           Art Gallery New South Wales, One Sun One Moon, Aboriginal Art in Australia

2006                           Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Desert Satellites: Works from the Western Australian State Art Collection

2004                           National Gallery of Victoria, Colour Power: Aboriginal art post 1984

2003                           Exhibition catalogue, Cullity Gallery UWA Perth / Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Martuwarra and Jila, Jumu, Jiwari and Wirrkuja

2003                           New Yorker Magazine July 28, The Painted Desert the Fate of an Aboriginal Masterpiece 

PUBLICATIONS/FILMS:

2002                           Pat Lowe, Hunters and Trackers of the Australian Desert

2000                           Oxford University Press and The Australian National University, Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture / Ngurrara Entry

2000                           National Aboriginal Cultural Institute – Tandanya, Painting Up Big, The Ngurrara Canvas

2001                           Kent Town, S. Aust. Wakefi eld Press in association with the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute – Tandanya, Kaltja now: Indigenous Arts Australia

2000                           IATSIS Canberra, Karrayili: The History of Karrayili Adult Education Centre
1998 Video Documentary / SBS Television, Jila Painted Waters of the Great Sandy Desert

1996                           Karrayili Adult Education Centre and Mangkaja Arts exhibition catalogue, Minyarti Wangki NgaJukura Ngurrarajangka (This Is The Word From My Country)

1994                           Exhibition Catalogue, Ngajakura Ngurrara Minyarti   [This Is My Country]
1994 The Art Gallery of NSW, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection

1993                           Exhibition catalogue, Fremantle Art Centre, Mangkaja Women

1993                           National Gallery of Victoria, Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberleys

1991                           Exhibition catalogue, Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, Karrayili: Ten Years On

1991                           Exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery Of New South Wales, Aboriginal women

 

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