Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin


Born: c.1952
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Place of Birth: Bumbali Creek
Region: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yangkunytjatjara (APY) Lands



Tuppy is a senior Pitjantjatjara woman committed to fostering traditional law and culture, dancing and painting. Tuppy is from Mimili. She has two brothers, Robin, Willy and a sister, Margaret Dodd who also paints for Mimili Maku. Tuppy Goodwin was born in Bumbali creek, she came to Mimili when she was a baby. At the time Mimili was called Everard Park and was a cattle station, which was eventually returned to the Pitjantjatjara people in the mid 1960's. Tuppy worked at the local Anangu school for thirty years and has recently retired. 

Tuppy has only been painting with Mimil Maku Arts since 2010, her work is unique, vibrant and wild. Tuppy paints Inyma Pampa, a women's Tjukurpa from Bumbali Creek. The women would paint their bodies in red ocher and perform Inma at Bumbali Creek, her father's country. Tuppy's mothers country is the other side of Fregon on the APY Lands. The Tjukurpa from this area is Tjala (honey ant dreaming), another theme that Tuppy paints. Her works are contemporary with a modern perspective and application. Her style is distinctive and her paintings are untamed paintings.


Luczo Collection, USA
Laverty Collection, Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide


Finalist, Telstra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin NT, 2010