Vice President and leader in the development of the women's collective, Jukurrpa Artists. She was the first female artist to win the National Aboriginal Art Award (1988). Her work is held in public and private collections.
Pintupi/Warlpiri speaker born Vaughan Springs, west of Yuendumu in 1949 and raised in Yuendumu. Her traditional country, Mungkururrpa, lies west of Papunya. Her Dreamings include Bush Bean, Bush Potato, Spinifex, Seven Sisters, Bush Banana, Janganpa (Possum) and Paku-Paku (Birdmen). She lives in Alice Springs, but also has connections with the Granites. She is the sister of Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra . In her early forties, and a mother of three, Pauline Woods was one of the leading figures in the formation and development of Jukurrpa as an Aboriginal-controlled concern. In the five years since she began painting in 1986, she has developed an extremely fine and fluid style of painting. In February 1988 one of her works was included in an exhibition entitled The Australian Cultural Month at the Australian Embassy in Manila. In September 1988 she became the first woman to win the National Aboriginal Art Award in Darwin with a painting that took her two months to complete. She was Vice President of Jukurrpa. In 1993 she became the first Aboriginal woman artist to have her work represented on an Australian stamp. Collections: many public and private collections.