Monica Puntjina Watson

Puntjina, also known as Monica, was born circa 1940 at Pukara: an important rockhole and watersnake Dreaming site. She walked to Ernabella as a young girl with her father and his three wives - the youngest of them was Wingu Tingima. She lived there and worked in the craft room. Marrying Wimitja Watson - a Ngankari (traditional healer) - they then moved to Amata where they had lots of children. The family moved to Pipalyatjara in the homeland movement of the late 1970's to be closer to their country. Mrs Watson is an important elder in Pipalyatjara where she continues to live with her husband and family.


Monica has become known for her use of a vibrant palette in her paintings, particularly an iconic, high-key yellow. She also has an unusual approach to composition. Monica is a committed artist, painting everyday at Ninuku Art Centre, and has cemented herself as one of the Centre's leading artists.


Examples of Artist's Work

WrkuWirku 122 x 107cm acrylic on linen

WrkuWirku 2010 88 x 101cm acrylic on linen