Maringka Baker

Maringka Baker

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DOB: c.1952
Born: Kaliumpil, WA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pitjantjatjara

Maringka is a highly sought after senior Pitjantjatjara artist. She lives in Kanpi, a remote community 100kms east of the tri state borders of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Maringka was born c.1952 at Kaliumpil, the site of a rock hole and a traditional camping area in Western Australia. Maringka's parents died when she was young and she was raised by Anmanari Brown and members of her extended family.

She started school at the Warburton mission in Western Australia, but ran away and travelled with her brother to Ernabella in South Australia. Maringka then moved to Fregon where she finished her schooling and began teaching. She received her certificate in health and worked at the Irruntji community clinic. She now works and lives mainly at Kanpi in South Australia with her husband.

Maringka's works are in a number of major public and private collections. She was one of two Central Desert artists represented in the NGA's inaugural National Indigenous Art Triennial Culture Warriors exhibition, which toured nationally and to the US. Maringka has a deep connection to country and a spiritual connection with the land. These powerful links to the desert are expressed with beauty and integrity in her paintings. There is a great refinement in her composition, and her meticulous dot work results in some spectacular artworks that are attention-grabbing and engaging.


2011 'Tjungu Palya 2011' Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2011 'Western APY Lands' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany
2011 'TJungu Palya- Masterpieces' Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2011 'Ngura Tjukuritja - A Dreaming Place, Marshall Arts, Adelaide SA
2011 'Intangibles in Terra Australis' FLinders University City Gallery, State Library of SA, Adelaide.
2011 'Green' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2010 'Melbourne Art Fair' Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Melbourne, Victoria
2010 ' Intangibles in Terra Australis' Sala kubo-kutxa in association with Marshall Arts, San Sebastian, Spain
2010 'Etched in the Sun-Prints by Indigenous Australians with Basil Hall Editions, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
2010 'Partnerships' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2010 'Tjukurpa Pulkatjara; the power of the law' South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA
2010 'Tjungu Palya Survey Show' Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 'Desert Mob' Araluen Gallery, Alice SPrings, NT
2009 'Wanampinku Munu Kalayaku Ngura' Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2009 'Kulini Ngura- Knowing Country' Short St Gallery, Broome. WA
2009 '26th Telstra NATSIAA. Museum and Art Gallery of Norther Territory, Darwin, NT
2009 'Tjukurpa Wirunya Kanyini ' Aboriginal & Pacific Arts Gallery , Sydney, NSW
2009 'Tali Tjintiri - Tjintiri Munu Kapi Tjukula' Tjungu Palya Print show. Nomad Gallery, Reflection Room, Darwin. NT
2009 'Masterstroke Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth WA
2009 ' Anangu Backyard' Adelaide Festival Centre. SA
2009 'Etched in the Sun with Basil Hall Editions & Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
2008 ' Tjukurpa Kunpu' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2008 'Tjungu Palyaku Warka Nyuwana' ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2008 'Manta Nyangatja Pitjantjatjara' Short St gallery, Broome WA
2008 'Iwara Mantangkara- Land Lines' Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth WA
2008 'Womens Show' Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008 'Tjukurpa KUtjupa KUtjupa Tjuta' , Aboriginal & Pacific Arts Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2007 'Walytja Marshall Arts, Adelaide, SA
2007 'Culture Warriors' National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
2007 'Uwankara Ngura Palya' Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2007 'Celebration' Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2007 'Skin to Skin' Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra ACT
2007 'Desert Masterclass' South Australian Museum (Marshall Arts) Adelaide,SA
2006 'Anangu Backyard' Adelaide Festival Centre, SA
2006 'Desert Mob' Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2006 'Nganampa Tjukurpa Nganampa Ngura' Marshall Arts, Adelaide SA
2006 'Our Mob' Adelaide Festival Centre , Adelaide ,SA
2006'Minyma Kutjara KUtjara' Vivian Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2006 Tjukurpa Mantatja Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth, WA
2005 Art from the APY Lands Marshall Arts, Adelaide SA
2005 'New work from the APY Lands South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
South Australian Art Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
Marshall Collection, Adelaide, South Australia
Lagerberg-Swift Collection, Perth, Western Australia
Araluen Collection, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Harriett & Richard England Collection
Artbank, Australian Government National Contemporary Art Rental.
Levi & Kaplan Collection, Seattle, USA
Australian National University, Canberra ACT
University of Canberra, ACT
2010 Bevis, Stephen. ' Exhibition overshadowed by death' The West Australian, March 17 2010
2010 Tjukurpa Pulkatjara- The Power of Law' exhibition catalogue, Ananguku Arts Wakefield Press, pg 35,36,37
2010 IAD Press, Jukurrpa Calendar, cover and internal image 'Minyma Kutjara Tjukurpa'
2010 Nunn, Louise. 'Bush artists take 'world by storm' . The Advertiser, 8th March 2010
2009 Indigenous Australian Art 2009, Calendar National Gallery of Australia. December 2009. Image 'Kuru Ala'
2009 Cruthers, John. 'Tjukurpa Mantataja- Stories from the Land' Australian Aboriginal Art, Issue 1. March 2009
2009 ICC Calendar, Indigenous Coordination Centre, Australian Government, 2009, August. Image 'Kuru Ala'
2009 Hall, Basil.' Etched in the Sun' - Prints made by Indigenous artists in collaboration with Basil Hall. Imprint, Winter 2009 vol 44, p24-25.
2009 IAD Press Christmas Cards, ALice Springs Northern Territory 2009
2009 Warren, Alex. Inside Out , Article 'Collectors Edition', Issue 81, Sept./Oct 2009, p123-129
2008 Greeting Card, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. 2008 Image 'Anmungunga'
2008 IAD Press, Jukurpa Calendar, internal image 'Kuru Ala'
2008 McCulloch's, Susan. McCulloch Childs, Emily. 'Contemporary Aboriginal Art- the complete guide', McCulloch and McCullochAustralian Art Books, Melbourne,2008, p128.
2008 ICC Christmas Cards, Indigenous Coordination Centre, Australian Government, 2008 Image 'Kuru Ala'
2007 Greeting Card, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2007. image 'Kuru Ala'
2007 Oglivy, Charly. Tradition and Exploration Mix in Joy of Contemporary Indigenous Art'. The Canberra Times, Oct2007
2007 Culture Warrior, National Indigenous Triennial'07. Catalogue, National Gallery of Australia 2007, p52-57
2007 IAD Press, Jukurpa Calendar- Cover image 'Kuru Ala'