Christine Tschuna

Arts Ceduna

Christine Tschuna was born at the Koonibba Aboriginal Reserve in South Australia, as it was known in the early days, which was run and owned by the Lutheran Church in 1949. Christine undertook her schooling at the Lutheran Church run school in Koonibba, where she developed her passion for art in her early years. Christine remembers her first painting of the Abotiginal flag, which she sold for AU$ 25 to a young English nurse in 1981. At the time Christine was the co-coordinator of the Koonibba Women’s Group, but her first art sale gave her confidence to use her art to sustain her livelihood. A self-taught artist, Christine creates contemporary Aboriginal Art in her distinctive style that is recognisable through her sophisticated selection of supplementary colours, patterns, symbols and themes she carefully selects to create her intricate use of line and dot paintings. The themes that she regularly engages with are about Country and significant places marked by water holes or star formations, but she also engages with themes of the Southern Ocean and its wildlife. Inspired by a vivid imagination and life itself, Christine has, as a Wirangu Elder, transferred her unique skills to her daughters and granddaughters. She has had her work exhibited in a number of group exhibitions and art prizes in South Australia and beyond, for example the Port Lincoln and Malka art prizes, and the annual Our Mob exhibition at Art Space in Adelaide. Christine’s works were displayed at Tarnanthi in Adelaide since its inception in 2018 and notable group exhibitions include the No Black Seas at Tandanya (2019), Adelaide Meets the Bush by the Natural Resources Alinytjara Wilurara (NRAW) at Tandanya (2018) and the Leviathan Exhibition at the Maritime Museum (SAMM) of South Australia (2017). Christine hosted her first solo exhibition in Streaky Bay on the Westcoast of South Australia in 2019. Earlier group exhibitions that Christine participated in were  the Desert to Dunes in Port Lincoln (2010), Ngarlurgu (All of Us) at Tandanya in Adelaide (2008) and a joint exhibition at the True Blue Gallery in Fremantle, Western Australia. Chritine’s work also featured in the Artlink magazine, an Australian magazine for art collectors.