Patricia Kani Baker Tunkin

Portrait of Aboriginal Artist Patricia Kani Baker Tunkin

Patricia Baker Tunkin was born in Alice Springs in 1981. She is the granddaughter of the celebrated artist Jimmy Baker, daughter of gifted artist, Kay Baker Tunkin and sister of artist Teresa Baker.

Patricia grew up in her grandfather’s country at Kanpi and lived with her grandparents for much of the time, later moving to Fregon, APY LAnds SA where she lived with her parents. It was there that she was first exposed to art via her mother, Kay, who worked for many years at Kaltjiti art centre.

Patricia started painting around 2005 at Tjungu Palya art centre, Nyapari, APY Lands SA where she was taught by her grandfather, Jimmy Baker. Patricia paints stories associated with her grandfather’s dreaming’s, in particular Kalaya Tjukurpa (Emu Dreaming) and the important women’s creation figure of Marlilu. Patricia is married with a child and lives in Kanpi in the Pitjantjatjara lands.

She paints with Papulankutja Artists when visiting relatives in Blackstone as Kani’s husband is from Blackstone so the family moves from place to place. They have two children a boy who is ten years old and a girl 3 years.

Further Artist Information

Community: Kanpi : SA

Artwork

Kani - Malilunya - Painting - Patricia Kani Baker Tunkin