Portrait of Regina Wilson

Regina Wilson

Born: 1945 in the Daly River region of the Northern Territory

Representation: Agathon Gallery

Regina Wilson in studio

Together with her late husband, Harry Wilson, Regina Wilson founded Peppimenarti (meaning ‘Large Rock’) as a permanent settlement for the Ngangikurrungurr people in the Daly River region, south west of Darwin in 1973. The people of Peppimenarti have traditionally been basket, mat, and fishing net makers. Painters such as Wilson, took to putting stitches on to canvas, or prints, transferring the third dimension of weaving into two dimensions. The Syaw stitch – small in dilly bags, wider and looser in fish nets, has become her motif. Wilson also celebrates the cultural significance of ‘message sticks’ in her paintings – a traditional form of communication between communities and transposes their elaborate, textured qualities onto the canvas.

Regina Wilson along with Theresa Lemon represented the Peppimenarti community at the 2000 Contemporary Art Biennale in Noumea, staged as part of the Pacific Arts Festival. Regina was also the winner of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Award in 2003

Group Exhibitions

2006 My Country, Noosa Blue Resort, Queensland, part of the Indigenous Art Feast, Noosa Longweekend
2006 Western Desert and Beyond at the Central Tafe Art Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
2005 North by North-West: Contemporary Indigenous Art from the Queensland Art Gallery Collection
2005 Shalom Gamarada Art Exhibition, Eric Caspary Learning Centre, Shalom College, University of New South Wales
2004-2005 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award: Celebrating 20 Years
2003 Colour Country, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland