Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi - Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

Tuppy Goodwin

Born 1960 Bumbali Creek, South Australia

Language Pitjantjatjara

Tuppy is a senior Pitjantjatjara woman committed to fostering traditional lore and culture, dancing and painting. Tuppy lives at Mimili. Her late brother Robyn Kankatankatja painted for Kaltjiti Arts and her sister Margaret Dodd is a member of the Mimili Maku Arts community.

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin was born in the bush near Bumbali Creek. Tuppy was brought to Mimili when she was a baby. At that time Mimili was a cattle station called Everard Park but it was returned to the Pitjantjatjara people in the mid 1960s. Tuppy has recently retired from the local Anangu school after thirty years of service.

Tuppy started painting for Mimili Maku in early 2010. Her main subject matter is Minyma Pampa, a women’s Tjukurpa from Bumbali Creek, Tuppy’s father’s country, where the women would paint their bodies in red ochre and perform Inma (traditional song and dance).

Tuppy’s mother’s country is on the other side of Fregon on the APY lands. The Tjukurpa from this area is Tjala (honey ant dreaming) and this is another subject for Tuppy’s paintings. Her works are contemporary with a modern perspective and application. Her distinctive style is vibrant and untamed.


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