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Celebrating Indigenous art

To celebrate another year proudly supporting Telstra NATSIAA,
we released special edition fleet cars and pre-paid $2 and $30 sim.

The artwork is by Telstra NATSIAA finalists Simon Hogan, Beryl Jimmy
and Ray James Tjangala and two time Telstra NATSIAA General Painting winner Betty Pumani.

The fleet cars can be seen throughout Australia.  

Beryl Jimmy (SA)

A Pitjantjatjara woman living at the community settlement of Watarru in the far North West of South Australia, part of an area referred to as the Western Desert. She was born in 1970. Beryl's work is inspired by a deep connection to country and her spiritual links to the desert are expressed with integrity, beauty and creativity. Traditional knowledge of food collection and water sources were vital for survival in this dynamic desert landscape and is a prominent theme in her work. This cultural knowledge is handed down orally in the retelling of the Tjukurpa (traditional stories of the ancestors’ journeys), which not only sustains Anangu (Aboriginal people) physically, but socially and spiritually.

Tjukurpa painting depicts a fragment of a larger story, a living history where an ancestor was involved in creating country. Individuals have authority and ownership of this land and the associated sites and stories. The maintenance of this country is paramount to artists of Watarru.

Artwork: Nyangatja Watarru, Synthetic polymer paint on linen
Category: Telstra General Painting
Collection: Telstra NATSIAA 2016 collection, image courtesy of Tjungu Palya


Tjungu Palya: 100% owned and managed by Aboriginal people ensuring the wealth of talent and economic returns are retained in the community. Located about 100kms south of Uluru, Nyapari is set at the base of the majestic Mann Ranges in the heart of country traditionally owned by the Pitjantjatjara people.


Beryl Jimmy

Simon Hogan (WA)

Born circa 1930 in mid-western Spinifex between Paltju and Lingka. Simon’s exact age is unknown as dates of birth were estimated by missionaries. The Spinifex people were a relatively discreet southern Pitjantjatjara tribal group that lived a fully traditional hunter-gatherer life until the early 1960s. In the 1990s Simon was a prominent member of traditional owners from Spinifex country who lobbied the WA State Government for Native Title. Exclusive rights were granted in 2000.

In 1997 the Spinifex people began painting with acrylic paints on canvas. Simon took a leading role translating Tjukurpa (stories or mythologies) into public artworks. Over the years Simon’s enthusiasm and focus for painting on linen has not diminished. His status as a painter in his own community and on a national and international level has steadily increased over these years making him one of the most sought after Spinifex artists.

ArtworkLingka, Synthetic polymer paint on linen
Category: Telstra General Painting
Collection: Telstra NATSIAA 2016 collection

Simon Hogan

Simon Hogan

Betty Pumani (SA)

Born in the bush near Perentie Bore, about 30kms from Mimili Community. Betty paints Antara, an extremely important site for Betty and her family. Antara is Betty’s mother’s country. This place, and its significant Maku (witchetty grub) Tjukurpa were a constant in the paintings of the late Kunmanara (Milatjari) Pumani. Today Betty and her older sister Ngupulya Pumani are proud custodians of this country; they map its significance and hold its stories strong in their paintings of Antara.

Using a reduced palette, Betty has developed a visual language that describes the beauty, power and persistence of the land and the intense physicality of the Anangu connection to country. Betty’s signature reds evoke the rocky desert country of Antara, while simultaneously suggesting blood or viscera and an unmistakable energy. The contrasting areas of white and its subtle tonal shifts are a quiet and patient counterpoint to the pulsating reds.

2016 Winner, Telstra NATSIAA General Painting Award
2015 Winner, Telstra NATSIAA General Painting Award

Artwork: Antara, Synthetic polymer paint on linen
Category: Telstra General Painting – Winner
Collection: Telstra NATSIAA 2016 collection

Betty Pumani (SA)

Betty Pumani (SA)

Ray James Tjangala (WA)

Ray is the son of Anatjari Tjampitjinpa, one of the early painters of the Papunya Tula movement. He was born at Yunala rockhole west of Kiwirrkura circa 1956 and later moved to the Papunya Community.

This painting relates to the soakage water site of Yunala, west of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a large group of Tingari men camped at this site before continuing their travels. The designs in the painting represent body paint worn by the men during ceremonies relating to Yunala. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle are of a secret nature, no further detail was given.

Artwork: Tingari Men at Yunala
Category: Telstra General Painting
Collection:  Telstra NATSIAA 2016 collection, courtesy Papunya Tula Artists

© Ray James Tjangala licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd 

Ray James Tjangala (WA)

Ray James Tjangala (WA)