Paddy Sims Japaljarri
Paddy Sims Japaljarri
Region: Tanami Desert
Social Affiliation: Japaljarri subsection
Subjects and Themes:
Personal totems are Snake, witchetty grub, star, initiated man.
Paints milky way, witchetty grub, snake, bush plum.
2001 - Telstra Work On Paper Award, The 18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Telstra.
Akadamie der Kunste, Berlin.
Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Glasgow.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Australian Museum, Sydney.
Australian National Gallery, Canberra.
Donald Kahn collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.
Flinders University Collection.
Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.
Musee des Arts Afrique et Oceanie, Paris, France.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane.
Seattle Art Museum, USA.
South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
2004 - Paddy Japaljarri Sims, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 - Yilpinji, Love, Magic and Ceremony, Galerie DAD, Mantes-la-Jolie, France; Warlukurlangu
Artists from Yuendumu, NT, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.
2004 -> 2005 - Puerta Abierta al Dreamtime: Art Aborigen de Australia (Open Door to Dreamtime:
Aboriginal Art of Australia), Centre Cultural De Caixa De Girona (in conjunction with Alcaston
2004 - Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2003 - Warlukurlangu Artists, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne; Black and White. Colour. Seeing
country in two ways, Counihan Gallery in conjunction with Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 - The Warlukurlangu Collection, Parliament House, Canberra.
2001 - 2002 - Land of Diversity, The Northern Territory, at Hogarth Galleries, Paddington.
2001 - Dixieme Biennale Internationale de la Gravure, Arts d'Australie Stephane Jacob / Sarcelles;
Australie,Visages d'un continent, Arts d'Australie Stephane Jacob / Galerie Visages de l'Art,
Marly-le-Roi; Yuendumu Door Etchings, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; 18th National
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (Works on paper), Museum and Art Gallery of the
Northern Territory, Darwin.
2000 - Accents Australiens, Arts d'Australie Stephane Jacob / Espace Adamski Designs, Paris;
Paintings and Prints, Northern Territory University, Darwin; Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne.
1999 - Art and Place, Northern Territory University, Darwin; Spirit Country, Fine Arts Museums
of San Francisco, USA.
1994 - Dreamings - Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal Art of the Western Desert; The Donald Kahn collection,
Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA.
1993 - Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs;
Tjukurrpa, Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993), Art Gallery of
Western Australia, Perth WA; National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Art Award,
Australian Heritage Commission, Old Parliament House, Canberra; La Peinture des Aborigenes
d'Australie, Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Paris; Chicago International New Art Forms
Exposition, Chicago, USA; Dreaming the World, St.Mungo's Museum, Glasgow, Scotland; Aratjara - Art
of the First Australians, Hayward Gallery, London, UK.
1992 - Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs;
Crossroads - Towards a New Reality, Aboriginal Art from Australia, National Museums of Modern Art,
Kyoto and Tokyo.
1991 - Jukurrpa, le temps des reves, Australian Embassy, Paris; Flash Pictures, National Gallery
of Australia; Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, Lowe Art Museum,
University of Miami, USA; The Painted Dream: Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings from the Tim
and Vivien Johnson Collection, Auckland City Art Gallery and Te Whare Taonga o Aoteroa National
Art Gallery, New Zealand; Canvas and Bark, South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
1990 - l'ete Australien a' Montpellier, Musee Fabre Gallery, Montpellier, France; Friends of the
Earth Gallery, Melbourne; Dreamings: Aboriginal Art from the Outback, South Australian Museum,
1989 - Mythscapes, Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria; Dreamscapes,
Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA; Magiciens de la Terre, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
1988 - Dreamings, the art of Aboriginal Australia, The Asia Society Galleries, New York.
1987 - Blaxland Gallery, Sydney.
1986 - Editions Gallery, Perth.
1985 - Araluen Centre for Arts and Entertainment, Alice Springs.
Australian Aboriginal Art from the Collection of Donald Kahn, 1991, Lowe Art Museum,
University of Miami, USA.
Caruana, W., 1987, Australian Aboriginal Art, a Souvenir Book of Aboriginal Art in the Australian
National Gallery, Australian National Gallery, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory. (C).
Caruana, W. (ed.), 1989, Windows on the Dreaming, Ellsyd Press, Sydney. (C).
Caruana, W., 1993, Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, London. (C).
Crossman, S. and Barou, J-P. (eds), 1990, L'ete Australien a Montpellier: 100 Chefs d'Oevre
de la Peinture Australienne, Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France. (C)
Dussart, F., 1993, La Peinture des Aborigines D'Australie, Editions Parentheses, Marseille, France.
Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville,
New South Wales. (C)
Ryan, J., 1989, Mythscapes Aboriginal Art of the Desert from the National Gallery of Victoria,
exhib. cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. (C)
Sutton, P. (ed.), 1988, Dreamings: the Art of Aboriginal Australia, Viking, Ringwood, Victoria. (C).
Wallace, D., Desmond, M., Caruana, W., 1991, Flash Pictures, exhib. cat., National Gallery of
Warlukurlangu Artists, 1987, Kuruwarri Yuendumu Doors, AIAS, ACT.
1993, Tjukurrpa Desert Dreamings, Aboriginal Art from Central Australia (1971-1993),
exhib. cat., Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. (C).
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Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Paddy Sims Japaljarri's country is west of Yuendumu but he has lived in Yuendumu since
he was a young single man. Back when there were no clothes, Walpiri people wore hair string
belts that they made. When Paddy Sims Japaljarri was young he worked sawing mulga trees for
the wood and for fuel for fires. Paddy was also involved with gardening and farming in
the Yuendumu district. This included growing watermelons, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes and
other vegetables. The farm was at Four Mile Bore where they had chickens, pigs, ducks and
other animals. Paddy is married to Bessie Nakamarra and he is warringiyi (grandfather).
All his life he's been hunting goanna, kangaroo, emu and other animals each day for bush tucker.
Paddy has passed his knowledge on to many of the young men. This has also lead to him working
at the Yuendumu school teaching jukurrpa (Dreaming), painting, hunting, traditional dancing
and bush tucker and has also helped out on excursions out bush, to Alice Springs and to Darwin.
Paddy has been painting for Warlukurlangu (the Art Centre at Yuendumu) for many years.
In 1988 Paddy Sims was selected by The Power Gallery, Sydney University to travel to Paris
with five other Warlpiri men from Yuendumu to create a ground painting installation at the
exhibition 'Magiciens de la Terre' at the Centre Georges Pompidou. The trip took place in
May 1989 and the painting was received with worldwide acclaim.
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