Pepai Jangala Carroll
Pepai Jangala Carroll was born in Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory in 1950, and later moved to Papunya when the new settlement was created. He attended school in Papunya before moving to Areyonga, where he finished his education. Pepai then travelled by horse with his family to Eagle Bore, in far north South Australia, which is a homeland just north of Ernabella. He has been living in Ernabella community ever since.
Carroll’s first job was building fences around the Ernabella station, and he later worked in the Ernabella community doing various maintenance jobs. He worked in the community office as Chairperson, became a warden, and later took on the role of Director of Nganampa Health, the regional health body. He was then appointed as the Community Constable, a position held until 2006 when illness forced him to retire. Pepai Carroll married artist Alison (Milyika) Carroll when he was a ‘youngfella’ working in the community office and they have five children together. He commenced painting and making ceramics at Ernabella Arts in 2009.
Committed to his custodial responsibilities of Luritja/Pintupi country, Pepai Carroll’s captivating paintings and ceramics merge his deep knowledge of country with his beautifully intricate yet minimalist style.
Pepai Carroll has exhibited widely across Australia and has also featured in several exhibitions abroad. In 2014, he was a finalist in the prestigious Shepparton Art Museum Indigenous Ceramic Art Award.
Having exhibited Pepai Carroll’s work since 2010, Alcaston Gallery presented the first solo exhibition of Pepai Carroll’s work in 2015, titled Ngura Tjukurpa Tjuta Ngaranyi Mamaku Ngurakgka - Many Stories from my Father's Country. The exhibition featured new ceramic works and paintings depicting Pepai's rich interpretations of culture and stories from his father's sand-dune country.
In 2016, Pepai Carroll exhibited in Magic Object:Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art curated by Lisa Sladeat the Art Gallery of South Australia. He was also a finalist in the 2016 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
© The Artist, Ernabella Arts and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017
2015 Ngura Tjukurpa Tjuta Ngaranyi Mamaku Ngurangka - Many Stories from my Father's Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2009 Our Mob, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2010 Ara irititja munu ara kuwaritja Ernabella-la, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2010 Kayili and Ernabella, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2011 Tjukurpa Nyangatja Ngananala Unngu Ngaranyi, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2012 Uwankara kurunpa kutju-tjara – Our People, One Soul, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2012 Desert Mob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
2013 Australian Vision: NAIDOC 2013, Australian High Commission, Singapore
2013 Nyinnga: The Cold Time of Year, Harvey Arts Projects, Idaho, USA
2014 Eastern APY Lands, ArtKelch, touring Freiburg; Munich; Hamburg and Bodensee, Germany
2014 Nganana Kulilpai Nganampa Tjukurpa - We Listen To Our Stories, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2014 Pilanypa, Harvey Arts Projects, Idaho, USA
2014 Ngura Kutjupa, Tjukurpa Kutju (Different Country, Same Story), ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2014 APY 7, RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
2015 All About Art: Brisbane, Alcaston Gallery Annual Collector's exhibition at White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2015 Colours of Nature: Australian Contemporary Art, Shinsegae Gallery, South Korea
2015 Paysages Aborigenes incarnes de l’APY land (Incarnated Aboriginal landscape from the APY Lands), Aboriginal Signature, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Kuruntu mukuringkula kulira palyantja (Stories straight from the heart), Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia, Australia
2015 TARNANTHI – Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2015 Tjukurpa Kunpu / Strong Culture, Harvey Arts Projects, Idaho, USA
2016 Magic Object: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2016 The Blooming Desert, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
2016 Tradition and Innovation, Parcours des Mondes, Paris, France
2016 Nganampa Kililpil – Our Stars, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, New South Wales, Australia
2017 Artists of the APY Lands, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2014 Finalist, Shepparton Art Museum Indigenous Ceramic Art Award
2016 Skills and Arts Development Grant, Australian Council for the Arts
2016 Finalist, 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
2017 Finalist, 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards
Araluen Art Collection, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Charles Darwin University Art Collection, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Harriet and Richard England Collection, Australia