Wanampi Tjukurpa

Wanampi Tjukurpa

2nd April - 25th April 2020



Chalk Horse is thrilled to be presenting work by Tjala Arts artist Sharon Adamson. The gallery will be producing its second exhibition with Tjala Arts – a wonderfully vibrant community from the APY lands. The exhibition will be run from April 2 till April 25. Please contact admin@chalkhorse.com.au for further information.



Birth Date: 3/05/1995
Birth Place: Alice Springs, NT Community: Amata : SA
Mother’s Country: Hermannsburg Father’s Country: Piltardi


Sharon Adamson is a young and emerging artist with a remarkable depth of talent across varied mediums. Her painting works are bold and vibrant, marked by fearless brush strokes and invigorating palettes. Sharon paints the Wanampi Tjukurpa, referencing the work of her great grandfather, Tiger Palpatja, and also paints with her grandmother, Wawiriya Burton. Sharon paints her grandfather, Tiger Palpatja’s way and tells the story of the water snake dreaming. The Wanampi ancestors are important to Anangu as they bring rain and ll the waterholes. Today they both live in the Mutitjulu water hole at Uluru. Her distinguished lineage perhaps accounts for her remarkable talent and achievements.


At only 23, Sharon has already exhibited at Short Street Gallery, Broome (2014) at OutStation’s 2015 Rising Stars exhibition and RAFT Artspace in Alice Springs. Sharon paintings feature in many private collections and also part of the Artbank Collection.


Sharon is also a keen photographer, and continues to hone her craft as a key member of the Tjala Arts a Young Women’s Photography Crew. Sharon’s photographs were exhibited in the Desart Art Worker Photography Prize (2013, 2014) and are featured in the Tjala Arts Book Nganampa Kampatjangka Unngu – Beneath the canvas. Sharon also works at Tjala Arts as an arts worker where she is fast gaining operational and administrative skills across a broad range of areas.