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Winner: People's Choice 2019

David Darcy

Tjuparntarri – women's business
oil on linen
240.5 x 180.5 cm
Further information

Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward is a respected elder of the Warakurna community and Ngaanyatjarra people of Western Australia. She is a cultural and community liaison officer for regional schools, a director on the NPY Women’s Council, an advocate against domestic violence, a qualified translator, artist and sought-after storyteller.

‘Last year Tjuparntarri walked into my studio looking for art supplies. Over several weeks, we got to know each other and I discovered I’d met an extraordinary woman,’ says David Darcy.

‘Super-Tjupa, as she is referred to by friends, has a remarkable connection to country and traditional culture, yet this “born-in-the-bush, modern woman” possesses a wonderful ability to navigate Western society with intellect, charm and good humour.’

The paintwork on Tjupa’s chest is a traditional design from women’s songs that she is entitled to perform. The red oxide that covers her face and torso is today purchased at the hardware store and is commonly used in place of the traditional red ochre.

Darcy resides in the small township of Murrurundi in rural New South Wales. He received much acclaim as an author/photographer before he took up full-time painting two-and-a-half years ago. He was a finalist in last year’s Archibald Prize. This year, he has won the ANZ People’s Choice award.