Regina Pilawuk Wilson, a Ngan’gikurrungurr woman, was born in 1948 in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory.
Together with her husband, Harold Wilson, Regina founded the Peppimenarti (meaning ‘large rock’) Community as a permanent settlement for theNgan’gikurrungurr people in the Daly River region, south west of Darwin in 1973. The location of the community is an important dreaming site for the Ngan’gikurrungurr language group and is situated amid wetlands and floodplains at the centre of the Daly River Aboriginal Reserve, 300 kilometres south-west of Darwin.
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, The 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.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS
2014 Solo Show, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, VIC
2014 Durrmu Arts 2014, Outstation Gallery, NT
2013 STRARTA Art Fair, SAATCHI Gallery, Chelsea, UK – JGM Art
2013 String Theory, Museum of Contemporary Art, NSW
2013 Kate Challis RAKA Award Finalist, Ian Potter Museum of Art, VIC
2013 Telstra Art Award Finalist, NT
2013 TOGART Art Award Finalist, NT
2013 TIME – Poimena Gallery, TAS
2012 Le Point de Papunya – Beyond the Papunya dot, IDAIA, Musée Du Montparnasse Paris, France
2012 Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan-Levi Collection, Seattle Art Museum, USA
2012 Murr-ma: Uncovering Aboriginal & Australian contemporary art, Michael Reid, Berlin
2012 Redlands Westpac Art Award, National Art School, NSW
2011 Collection: New Works Solo Show, Caruana Reid Fine Art at Michael Reid, NSW
2011 The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Out of Australia: prints and drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas, British Museum, UK
2010 Important Aboriginal Art, Caruana & Reid Fine Art, Sydney
2009 3rd Moscow Biennale of Art, Moscow, Russia
2009 Floating Life: Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery
2009 Yewirr, Raft Artspace, NT
2009 Country Culture Community, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2009 Southern Exchange, Hong Kong
2008 Telstra National Indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander Award, NT
2008 New Works Solo Show, Caruana Reid Fine Art at Michael Reid, NSW
2008 Important Aboriginal Art, Caruana Reid, NSW
2008 New Works Solo, Santa Monica Art Studios, LA
2008 Wynne Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2008 Ancient Culture. Modern Art, Club 21 Gallery, Singapore
2006 Western Desert and Beyond at the Central Tafe Art Gallery, WA
2006 Deadly: Campbelltown Art Centre’s Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander Collection, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
2006 Dreaming their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
2005 Shalom Gamarada Art Exhibition, Shalom College, University of New South Wales
2005 North by North-West: Contemporary Indigenous Art from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection, Art Gallery of Queensland
2004-05 Telstra NATSIAA: Celebrating 20 Years, MAGNT & traveling exhibition
2003 Telstra NATSIAA, Winner General Painting Award, MAGNT, Darwin
2000 Contemporary Art Biennale in Noumea, staged as part of the Pacific Arts Festival