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Skin name: Nangala
Date of birth: 18.12.1970
From: Watarru – SA
Community: Nyapari – SA
Beryl Jimmy is a Pitjantjatjara woman living at the community settlement of Watarru, in the far northwest 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 ancestor’s 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 and they continue to care and manage the land with respect and responsibility.
Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC
Flinders University, Adelaide SA
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
The Beat Knoblacuch Collection, Switzerland
The Lepley Collection, Perth, WA
Parliament House, Adelaide, SA
Primary Industry and Resources, Adelaide, SA
Department of Environment and Heritage, SA
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
The Parliament House Collection, Canberra, ACT
University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT
2017 Finalist, Wynne Prize
2016 Finalist 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2013 Finalist 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2007 Drawing Together, Caring for Country Award, The Australian Public Service Commission in partnership with the National Archives of Australia and the National Museum of Australia