Skin name: Pengarte
Language: Eastern Arrernte
Dreaming: Bush Onion (Yalke)
Date of birth: Saturday, 3 December 1960
From: 14 Mile, near Undoolya Station
June’s family is from the Alice Springs district, her mother was born at Hermannsburg and father at Undoolya Station. June grew up and attended school in Alice Springs, and following that came to Santa Teresa mission, now Ltyentye Apurte Community, where she first started work at the school, teaching the pre-school children.
June was amongst the women who initially approached the mission staff to allow the women a place to work on their art. Later she was amongst those who started working at the Keringke Art Centre after it was built, in 1989.
June hasrealised a unique niche in the contemporary Australian Art market – her work is Central Australian Aboriginal Art, but also extremely contemporary. As her culture has shifted and changed with contemporary life, so June has created a language of symbols and motifs which represent her land, her family, herself; but do so in her own unique form.
Early memories for June of her garndmother teaching the Yalke story (and others) through sand drawing and singing have stayed with her, and are a base from which her own expression has flowed.
She has been one of the very strong women for the art centre and has held the position of Chair for several terms. She is also a strong mother and grand-mother, and influences many people in her life, creating a base of stability. Her painting is an important element in that strength, and her mentoring role of other artists is recognition of her as an elder and leader amongst her community.
The artists use pattern, colour, shape and design to create vibrant paintings that depict their sense of country, culture and self. Various painters have developed this style of painting at Keringke Arts over a twenty-year period, notable for intricate detail and high colour.
The shapes and designs may have features common to ancient rock art and petroglyph designs found throughout the traditional country of Eastern Arrernte. Other motifs reflect sand and body painting designs. Still others may reflect the stories and songs recounting the adventures of the ancestors who first traveled across the vast land making the earth as we know it today.
In its contemporary form these designs on the canvas may not be attributed to any particular thing, holding the energy and vitality of the artist’s particular creative experience. The Eastern Arrernte cultural identity includes a dreaming, a skin name, a place, as well as family name, language, and community. These things are not necessarily reflected in the design or outcome of each painting.
Junes designs have been use in the Alice Springs Airport carpets, in the Alice Spring Town Council Pulic Gardens installations. Her works are held in many private and public collection.
Yalke, Personal motifs
- 2007 Gecko Gallery, Broome, WA
- 1990 Mbwellare, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 1991 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
- 1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
- 1992 Atyelpe, Te Taumata Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
- 1997 Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 1998 Designs of the Desert, Hogarth Galleries Aboriginal Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW
- 1998 Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 1998 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, NT
- 1999 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
- 1999 Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT 1999 Keringke Solo Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 1999 “Untelhentye” Design – Rainbow Serpent Gallery, Fox Studios Sydney, NSW
- 2000 Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 2000 St Kevins College Exhibition, Melbourne, Vic
- 2000 Solo Exhibition, Desart Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
- 2001 Putting in the Colour: Silks from the Centre, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne Vic
- 2001 Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
- 2001 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
- 2001 Atyenhenge Atherre Kenhe Apmere (from the grandfather and grandson’s country) Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor College, Batchelor NT
- 2003 Jungara Gallery, Cairns, QLD
- 2003 Framed Gallery, Darwin
- 2003 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Cultural Centre, NT
- 2003 Marshall Arts, SA
- 2004 Voyagers Hotel, Yulara, NT
- 2004 Jungara Gallery, Cairns, QLD
- 2004 Jungara Gallery, Port Douglas
- 2004 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Cultural Precincts, Alice Springs, NT
- 2004 Marshall Arts, Aboriginal Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA
- 2005 Meeniyan Art Gallery, Vic
- 2005 Alice Springs Expo, NT
- 2005 Aboriginal and Tribal Art Galley, Sydney, NSW. 2005 Tuggeranong Gallery, ACT
- 2005 Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Centre, NT
- 2006 Jungara Aboriginal Art Gallery, Cairns, QLD
- 2006 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
- 2006 Bundara Aboriginal Art Gallery, Port Douglas QLD
- 2010 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice springs
- Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
- Gavin Fox Collection, Adelaide
- Keringke Arts Centre Collection, Araluen, Alice Springs
- The Kluge Ruhe Collection, Virginia USA
- The Felton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
- Will Owen-Harvey Wagner, North Carolina, USA
- 1999 Silk hanging – Cancer Treatment Clinic, Germany
- 2000 Reproduction silk design tie and scarf – Australian Tie Co.
- 2000 Artwork reproduced in Jukurrpa Diary by IAD Press, Alice Springs, NT
- 2000 Artwork reproduced under licence as calenders by Community Aid Abroad Trading
- 2001 Artist in Residence, Mulgara Gallery, Yulara, NT
- 2004 Tie and Scarf Designs, Australian Tie Co.
- 2005 Commission to design the new carpet for the NT Airport in Alice Springs with Ulster Carpets
- 2001 Publication – Keringke Contemporary Eastern Arrernte Art