Kevin Wirri

Skin name: Japaljarri
Language: Luritja, Pintubi
Date of birth: 1953-03-31
From: Alice Springs
Community: Alice Springs : NT


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Kevin Wirri passed away in April 2014. He was born and raised at Haasts Bluff with his father Kata Wirri and mother Freda Nangala. Kevin went to school in Papunya and Arreyonga.

As a young adult he returned to Haasts Bluff to work. In 1974 he married Doris Abbott and came to live in Alice Springs. He started working with the Tangentyere Council and in 1995 was elected to the Tangentyere Executive. He was a member of the Four Corners Council a committee of traditional law men who make rules for Aboriginal people in the Central Australian region.

Kevin has been an artist all his life and has worked on several large art projects including the decoration of the store at Docker River where he designed and painted a mural. Kevin worked mainly with watercolours and depicted the Central Australian landscape and the West MacDonnell Ranges in his own masterly style which has made him an artist of renown.

Doris and Kevin have three children and their son Elton is also an artist who paints watercolours in a similar style to his father.


  • 2003 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2004 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2004 Central Australian Advocate Art Award, Highly Commended
  • 2005 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2006 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2006 Hermannsburg School of Art – Watercolour exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2007 Work selected for Telstra Art Award Exhibition, Darwin, NT
  • 2007 Advocate Art Award, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2007 24th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of NT
  • 2007 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2009 Telstra Art Awards, Darwin, NT
  • 2009 Wirri Mob Watercolours – Recent paintings by Central Australian Aboriginal artists father and son Kevin and Elton Wirri
  • 2011 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2011 Napra Lismore
  • 2011 Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
  • 2011 Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC
  • 2012 Damian Minton Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2012 The Lockup, Newcastle, NSW
  • 2012 Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, TAS
  • 2012 Art Mob, Launceston, TAS
  • 2012 Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
  • 2012 Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC
  • 2012 Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
  • 2012 Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2012 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, NT
  • 2015 Hermannsburg Horizons, Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD