Regina Pilawuk Wilson

REGINA PILAWUK WILSON

Born 1948 in the Daly River region, Northern Territory, Australia.

Lives and works in Peppimenarti, Northern Territory, Australia.

Regina Pilawuk Wilson is a Ngan’gikurrungurr woman. Her work is exhibited widely, and is housed in public and private collections both in Australia and internationally. She is regarded as one of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists, and is the founder of the Peppimenarti community - the permanent settlement for the Ngan’gikurrungurr people in the Daly River Region since 1973. The location of Peppimenarti is an important dreaming site for the Ngangikurrungurr language group and informs Regina’s art and weaving practices - skills she inherited from her grandmother and mother.

After attending the Contemporary Art Biennale (Pacific Arts Festival) in 2000, Regina decided to add acrylic painting to her repertoire. Regina experimented with various painting techniques and designs during workshops held by the Darwin gallerist Karen Brown. During this time, she started to transfer her weaving designs and patterns into canvas, including syaw (fish-net), wupun (basket), string bags, wall mats and sun mats. Regina won the General Painting category of the Telstra National Indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander Award in 2003 for a golden syaw (fish-net) painting.

Examples of Regina’s work are held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Gallery of Victoria, Gallery of Modern Art (Queensland Art Gallery), The British Museum and numerous private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. Her paintings have been included in many group exhibitions at public and private art institutions, including the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Art, the Wynne Prize (2008 and 2009), AGNSW, and Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of the Arts, Washington.

Regina is a Cultural Support Officer with Durrmu Arts, and has been instrumental in the art centre’s establishment and continued strength and success. She is also a judge for the Telstra NATSIAA awards, and sits on the board of the Indigenous Art Code.

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