Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin Australian, Pitjantjatjara, b. 1960
Tuppy is a senior Pitjantjatjara woman committed to fostering traditional law and culture, dance and painting. Tuppy’s father’s name was Nguyarangu (dec) and his country was near Docker River. Her mother’s name was Emily Nyanyanta and her country was Wintutjuru, west of Fregon on the APY Lands.
Tuppy Goodwin was born in the bush near Bumbali Creek and she moved to Mimili with her family when she was a baby. At the time Mimili was called Everard Park, it was a cattle station, which was eventually returned to the Yankunytjatjara people in the mid-1960s. Her brother is Robin Kankapankatja from Fregon. She also has an older sister Margaret Ngilan Dodd and a younger brother Willy Pompey who both live in Mimili. Her eldest brother Robin Kankatankatja paints at Kaltjiti and her sister Margaret Dodd also paints at Mimili Maku.
Tuppy had three children with Reggie Goodwin (dec), David, Maxine and Neville Goodwin. Tuppy was a pre-school teacher at the Mimili Anangu School for thirty years, she retired in 2009 and began painting at the Art Centre in 2010. Tuppy lives in Mimili with her husband Mumu Mike Williams and she has three grand-children Jasmine, Eva and Kishana.
Tuppy paints Kunga Kutjara, a women's tjukurpa from Bumbali Creek in the Northern Territory. The tjukurpa from Tuppy's mother's country is Tjala (honey ant dreaming) another theme the Tuppy paints. Her works are contemporary with a modern perspective and application. Her paintings have a colourful presence with fluid brushstrokes overlaying solid masses of colour that represent mountains, sky and country. Her colour combinations bring movement and texture to the flat canvas, representing and replicating life and tradition. Tuppy's style is distinctive and her weavings incorporate structure and design into her colourful and textural works.