Artist | HARRY TJUTJUNA

Artist | HARRY TJUTJUNA


Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by HARRY TJUTJUNA of Ninuku Arts. The title is Kungka Tjuta. [NKHT10209] (Acrylic on Linen)

HARRY TJUTJUNA

Kungka Tjuta

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by HARRY TJUTJUNA of Ninuku Arts. The title is Kungka Tjuta. [14-91] (Acrylic on Linen)

HARRY TJUTJUNA

Kungka Tjuta

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by HARRY TJUTJUNA of Ninuku Arts. The title is Wanka: Spider. [15-197] (Acrylic on Belgian Linen)

HARRY TJUTJUNA

Wanka: Spider

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by HARRY TJUTJUNA of Ninuku Arts. The title is Kungka Malu. [NKUHT08647] (Acrylic on Canvas)

HARRY TJUTJUNA

Kungka Malu

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by HARRY TJUTJUNA of Ninuku Arts. The title is Kungka Malu. [NKUHT08635] (Acrylic on Canvas)

HARRY TJUTJUNA

Kungka Malu

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by HARRY TJUTJUNA of Ninuku Arts. The title is Wanka: Spider. [14-66] (Acrylic on Linen)

HARRY TJUTJUNA

Wanka: Spider

Harry Tjutjuna was born in the bush circa 1930 at a place known as Walytjatjara. This place is north-east of Pipalyatjara community, where he resides today.

Harry is one of the most senior Law men of the area; few of his generation are still alive. He is also a revered artist and Ngangkari (traditional healer). A native Pitjantjatjara speaker, Harry has strong family ties to the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands in South Australia, and into the west towards Warburton Ranges.

As a young man, Harry moved around a lot. He lived at a place called Pukatja (Ernabella), where a mission existed for many years. It began in 1937 and was primarily established to provide medical assistance and western education to local Anangu (the term for Aboriginal people from the area). Harry went to school in Pukatja but he later moved on to work at a settlement, where he sank bores, did fencing and gardening and tended to the animals. He also worked as a stockman, mustering cattle for many years.

Eventually Harry moved back to the far north-west with his large family, living in and around Irrunytju (Wingellina) in Western Australia, and Pipalyatjara in South Australia.

Harry became a full-time artist in 2005 at Ernabella Arts before moving permanently to Pipalyatjara in 2008, where he has continued painting at Ninuku Arts Centre. Harry’s knowledge of Tjukurpa (Dreaming stories) associated with the land surrounding Pipalyatjara is extensive and, due to his seniority, is unmatched by most others. He paints a range of stories including Wati Wanka (Spider Man); Wati Nyiru, the man who chases seven sisters around and eventually marries one; and Kungka Tjuta, young girls telling stories traditional way by drawing designs in the sand (milpatjunanyi).

"Old generation are here now and I am old generation too. Lots of old generation have passed away. What are we going to do? What happens when I pass away? New generation got to learn Tjukurpa."

Harry Tjutjuna’s whimsical themes, combined with his masterful use of the brush, have quickly positioned him as one of the most highly sought-after artists at Ninuku Arts and throughout Australia. He has a unique approach to painting, exhibiting a quirky representation and bold confidence.



Harry Tjutjuna was born in the bush circa 1930 at a place known as Walytjatjara. This place is north-east of Pipalyatjara community, where he resides today.

Harry is one of the most senior Law men of the area; few of his generation are still alive. He is also a revered artist and Ngangkari (traditional healer). A native Pitjantjatjara speaker, Harry has strong family ties to the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands in South Australia, and into the west towards Warburton Ranges.

As a young man, Harry moved around a lot. He lived at a place called Pukatja (Ernabella), where a mission existed for many years. It began in 1937 and was primarily established to provide medical assistance and western education to local Anangu (the term for Aboriginal people from the area). Harry went to school in Pukatja but he later moved on to work at a settlement, where he sank bores, did fencing and gardening and tended to the animals. He also worked as a stockman, mustering cattle for many years.

Eventually Harry moved back to the far north-west with his large family, living in and around Irrunytju (Wingellina) in Western Australia, and Pipalyatjara in South Australia.

Harry became a full-time artist in 2005 at Ernabella Arts before moving permanently to Pipalyatjara in 2008, where he has continued painting at Ninuku Arts Centre. Harry’s knowledge of Tjukurpa (Dreaming stories) associated with the land surrounding Pipalyatjara is extensive and, due to his seniority, is unmatched by most others. He paints a range of stories including Wati Wanka (Spider Man); Wati Nyiru, the man who chases seven sisters around and eventually marries one; and Kungka Tjuta, young girls telling stories traditional way by drawing designs in the sand (milpatjunanyi).

"Old generation are here now and I am old generation too. Lots of old generation have passed away. What are we going to do? What happens when I pass away? New generation got to learn Tjukurpa."

Harry Tjutjuna’s whimsical themes, combined with his masterful use of the brush, have quickly positioned him as one of the most highly sought-after artists at Ninuku Arts and throughout Australia. He has a unique approach to painting, exhibiting a quirky representation and bold confidence.



Exhibitions that HARRY TJUTJUNA has exhibited at

Ninuku Tjuta

A Collection of Fine Ninuku Indigenous Art


‘AUSTRALIAN VISION’ - NAIDOC 2013

A Collection of Fine Indigenous Art from APY Lands


Stock Room Show - 2012 (Part 2)

A Collection of Contemporary Modern Aboriginal Art


Stock Room Show - Summer 2012

A Collection of Contemporary Modern Aboriginal Art