Kunmanara Pepai Jangala Carroll (c.1950 - 2021)
Kunmanara Pepai Jangala Carroll was born in Haasts Bluff in the Northern Territory in 1950, and moved to Papunya as a child when the new settlement was established. He later travelled by horse with his family to Eagle Bore, just north of Pukatja (Ernabella) in far north South Australia, where he resided for the rest of his working life.
Described by his wife Alison Milyika Carroll as wati wiru (a good man) Kunmanara Carroll was a highly respected elder in his community who served both the regional health body, as the Director of Nganampa Health, and as a warden and Community Constable, a position he held until his retirement in 2006.
In 2009, Kunmanara Carroll commenced his artistic practice at the Ernabella Arts arts centre as a painter, and in 2011 transitioned to ceramics. He quickly established himself as one of the art centre’s most senior and revered practitioners, deeply committed to his custodial responsibilities of Luritja/Pintupi Country. Kunmanara Carroll’s captivating paintings and ceramics merge his deep knowledge of Country with a distinctively intricate and minimalist style.
Having exhibited Kunmanara Carroll’s work since 2010, Alcaston Gallery presented the first solo exhibition of Kunmanara Carroll’s work in 2015 in the exhibition Ngura Tjukurpa Tjuta Ngaranyi Mamaku Ngurakgka - Many Stories from my Father's Country.
Kunmanara Carroll was shortlisted for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards for four consecutive years (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) and in 2020 he was announced as the winner of the Kings School Art Prize presented by Sabbai Gallery in New South Wales, Australia.
In 2021 Kunmanara Carroll was exhibited in Kunmanara Carroll: Ngaylu nyanganyi ngura winki (I can see all those places), the ninth exhibition in JamFactory’s annual ICON series, which celebrates the achievements of South Australia’s most influential visual artists working in craft-based media. The exhibition, which opened at JamFactory in Adelaide in August 2021 and will tour nationally until May 2024, was developed in partnership with Ernabella Arts.
© The Estate of the Artist, Ernabella Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022
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