Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa


Born: circa 1950
Language: Ngaatjatjarra and Pintupi/Luritja.

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa was born at Yumara, North of the Docker River in Western Australia around 1950 and is a half sister to Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett) and full sister to Esther Giles Nampitjinpa. Tjawina grew up ‘in the bush’ with her family. After her younger brother died, her family decided to move to the then newly established government settlement of Papunya. Tjawina is now a widow and has returned to live in her country with family members including her sister Esther Giles Nampitjinpa who is also an artist.

Tjawina is known for her skill as a traditional basket weaver as well as her prominence as a painter. Tjawina paints her mother’s and father’s dreaming; the sites of Yumari, Punkilpirri, Tjukurla and Tjalili using a thickly layered style with a palette of predominantly white, creams, browns and pastels. As well as being a gifted painter, Tjawina is also a basket weaver and carver of note.

These sites are important for ceremonies and as sources for water and important bush food sources.


2010 Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa – Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney


Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa’s work is represented in private and corporate collection in Australia and around the world.