Hermannsburg, Northern Territory
Vanessa was born in 1968 at Hermannsburg, a mission established by German Lutheran missionaries at the end of the 19th century.
Vanessa’s grandmother’s brother is Albert Namatjira and she is the niece of award winning artist Ivy Pareroultja’s.
Vanessa currently lives in Alice Springs and paints in the watercolour tradition. She paints the landscape of her ancestors, which is also the country she belongs to.
In her late 20s Vanessa married Fabien, an Eastern Arrernte man, and moved to Santa Teresa, some 80 km South- West of Alice Springs.
Though Vanessa was already a skilled artist, she learnt and adopted a new artistic style specific to Santa Teresa, in which she paints spiritual women. The spiritual women who are the subjects of Vanessa’s work are guardians of the land and remain invisible most of the time. Often, they look after a network of waterholes alongside the riverbed. If intruders come stealing some of the country resources such as bush tucker or water, the spiritual women will come out and the offenders will disappear forever.
Hermannsburg, Northern Territory
Kathy is a Western Arrarnta woman from the Hermannsburg mission. She now lives in Alice Springs.
Kathy is participating in a visual art course at Batchelor institute to obtain a certificate 4 in visual art. She is inspired by native bush flowers and bush tucker in the Northern Territory area.
When Kathy was a child, growing up, she used to look at her father Cliford Inkamala, a successful watercolour painter, paint landscape watercolours. Kathy’s mother was a crafty woman, she sewed, used croshades, and produced place mats from native bean seeds for decoration. Kathy decided when she was younger that she would like to continue this artistic tradition.
Kathy's grandmother is Albert Namatjira's sister. Dellina Inkamala, who also paints at Ngurratjuta Many Hands art centre is Kathy’s niece. Another family member at the centre, Kathy’s sister, is Sophia Inkamala.
Kathy is very keen to improve her skills as a watercolourists. When she finishes to paint a watercolour painting she feels very proud about her work. The country she paints is important to her because it’s her father’s country.
Warlmanpa, Kaytetye, Waramungu
Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
Lindy Nungarrayi Brodie is born a 14th of April 1973, grows up in Alroy Downs (270 km North East of Tennant Creek) and speaks Warramungu.
She started her career in Alice Springs at Jukurrpa Arts before moving to Tennant Creek to join Julalikari Arts or Pink Palace in 2003. Finally, she joined Barkly Regional Arts in 2012.
Her paintings often revisit the story of her family during the 1940s. Earlier in her career, she has been known for a series of paintings recording of the building of the Alice Springs-Darwin rail link through her country.
Patricia Ansell Dodds
My traditional home is at Undoolya which is part of Alice Springs. We won Native Title in 2000, we are part of the Arrernte Nation.
I am also part of the Amjatere Nation. My family consisted of four children with one deceased and eight grandchildren as well as three great grandchildren.
I have been painting for 14 years and my education background is Batchelor of Arts, Associate Diploma in Business Management and Certificate One Tourism. I have lectured in Art, Aboriginal Cross Culture Courses at IAD as well as Aboriginal Cross Culture, History of Central Australia at Remote Health in Alice Springs for Flinders University.
Eastern/Central Arrernte, born in Santa Teresa. My nanna used to tell me how to paint and I learnt painting from my sisters. My nanas country is Ilreme. Through painting we learn about the bush from when we were kids. My other nana was from a place called Atherriterte, Todd River Downs. When you paint it’s like you’re doing something special from the country to your heart, and you get prouder.
Arrernte, Warlpiri, Luritja, Pintupi
As the founding member and drummer in the famous Warumpi Band alongside Sammy Butcher, George Rrurrambu and Neil Murray, he has travelled the world and toured Europe bringing happiness wherever he toured.
But Gordon was born at Papunya and he lives here in Ikuntji with his wife, kids and grandkids. Gordon is a respected elder member of the community and used to be Land Council representative for the Western Area. As well as a musician he is a well known artist and woodcarver. Gordon works in the studio and maintenance of the art centre grounds and paints in his spare me.
Luritja Ngaanyatjarra Pintupi
Eunice Napanangka Jack
Yamba, Northern Arrernte people
I was born in Alice. My parents sent me to Adelaide for education. Whilst in Adelaide, I played Australian Rules. I was very good at it – I played for the SANFL, and later the VFL and AFL. Professional sport lived and played sport in cities.
I left Alice in 1977, came back in 2000, and been here since. Good to be back home – when I went back that’s when I went through cultural lore, Aboriginal men’s business.
When I finished my cultural obligations I went back and lived on my home lands, and in 2004 – that’s when I painted this painting.
Painting was my need, and my thirst for cultural knowledge and information. Painting was able to give me that type of identification and authenticity.
Going through lore gave me this authenticity it became real for me. When I was painting I was getting in touch with my cultural being through the practice of art.
Arrente, Western Arrente
Hermannsburg, Northern Territory
Charles Jangala Inkamala
Charles Jangala Inkamala was born in 1968. His mothers country is Papunya and his fathers county; Ntaria (Hermannsburg).
Charles lives in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and begun painting with Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists in 2017.
He paints Mt Sonder and Glen Helen Gorge in stylized graphic detail.
Yuendumu, Northern Territory
Adrian Jangala Robertson
Adrian was born at Papunya in 1962. He went to school in Papunya and remembers Geoff Bardon as a school teacher and working alongside the early Western Desert painters.
Adrian's fathers' country travels from west of Walungurru through Karku at Nyirrpi to Warlurkurlangu at Yuendumu. His father, Jampitjinpa, lived at Mount Doreen close to Yuendumu and later worked at Papunya as a Gardener and Builder.
Jampitjinpa is a brother to the late Darby Ross Jampitjinpa, sharing the same mother and father.
Adrian's mother is Eunice Napangardi, a well known painter herself. It is her country that Adrian paints, Yalpirakinu.
Adrian joined Mwerre Anthurre Artists in 2002. He is a landscape painter and uses predominantly a restricted palette.
His paintings consistently refer to the desert mountains, ridges and trees which are part of Yalpirakinu. His brushwork is loaded with energy, drama and memories. He is a deliberate and thoughtful painter; reworking, pushing and pulling the image to
Lance is a Pitjantjatjara man from Kaltukatjara (Docker River).
Lance has been painting at Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists Studio for the past seven years, he still lives in Docker River but comes to Alice Springs for respite.
There is great movement and strength in his work. Lance has been painting horses, cowboys, bulls and landscape since he was a little boy. Lance paints "Kaltukatjara", the country around Docker River.
Amata, South Australia
Jane came from Amata Community to Alice Springs in the early 2000s and for three years was a student at Batchelor College, receiving a Certificate 2 in Arts and Craft.
Painting for over 11 years now, Jane draws inspiration from colours, owls, nature; flowers, hills and trees. It is these subjects that connect Jane to her family and country. In recent years Jane’s art has flourished, showing great confidence in brushstrokes, fine details and vibrancy. Jane is producing texture-rich canvases and elaborate works on paper that demonstrate her passion for art and above all a close connection to community.
Referring to her favourite subject, Tjulpu (birds) or Owls "At night me the owls come in to visit. I can hear them, I look for them. I see the owl and the moon and then I go to sleep.”
Papunya, Northern Territory
Kukula is a young Luritja woman who has been painting at the Mwerre Anthurre Artists Studio at Bindi since 2002.
Kukula predominantly paints Black Cockatoos and knows where to find "big mobs" of Black Cockatoos in the Central and Western Deserts. Kukula previously painted wheelchairs and has a keen eye and extensive knowledge for wheelchair brands, styles, colours, accessories and is able to tell you who has what kind of wheelchair "out bush".
In the last few years Kukula has started painting ‘Uttumpatu' the rocky outcrops that form ridge lines or hills beside the community of Papunya. These landscape formations hold cultural significance for the people of Papunya. Kukula has been incorporating Red Tailed Black Cockatoos into the landscape of Papunya, big mobs or a lone individual soaring in the sky. These new paintings reflect great developments as an artist and on a personal level.
Jay Creek, Northern Territory
Billy started painting in the Mwerre Anthurre Artist Studio in 2004.
He paints his Mother’s country, Jay Creek in the West MacDonnell Ranges, creating landscapes which are full of texture and have a strong connection to the land.
Billy’s graphic style of painting has a sense of calm and balance within. Drawing inspiration from the increasing population and traffic within the Central Desert Region, Billy started adding trucks and cars to his textured landscapes in 2008. Soon after followed aeroplanes,helicopters and even the odd flying saucer.
Hermannsburg, Northern Territory
Gloria Pannka is a senior Western Arrernte woman who lives in Thakaperte (Near Hamilton Downs).
She is a second generation Hermannsburg School watercolour artist, as her father Claude Pannka was one of the original Hermannsburg School watercolour artists. Like his contemporary Albert Namatjira, Claude developed an interest in painting when artist Rex Battarbee visited Hermannsburg in 1934. By 1950 Claude was painting full time and had become a highly sought after artist. Gloria’s father taught her to paint with watercolours when she was a young girl, and she continues to paint in the style of watercolour landscapes that typifies the Hermannsburg School tradition.
Gloria uses fine detail and subtle tones to capture the West MacDonnell Ranges where she currently lives and paints. Gloria’s work has featured in a number of exhibitions throughout her career.
In 2008 she received a Highly Commended award for her painting in the NATSIAA awards which was then acquired by the NT Museum and Art Gallery. Gloria has also had the honour of having her painting ‘West MacDonnell Ranges’ acquired by the Parliament House Art Collection Canberra. Her paintings are exhibited in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in many private collections. Gloria was again Highly Commended at the NATSIAA awards in 2014 for the collaborative Knara Nunaka Tjurretja – Our big country: the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Mervyn was born at the Telegraph Station in Alice Springs.
His mother Cynthia (Kamara) Obitja was a Western Arrernte woman. His father was the late Mr Wenten Rubuntja Pengarte a famous painter. His father was an important role model for Mervyn. He was a senior lawman and a respected member of his community. He fought for Aboriginal rights and protection of the land working alongside the Central Land Council and assisted in the Mabo agreement. Mervyn has followed in his father’s footsteps painting in the watercolour style that his father taught him.
When Mervyn was 13 years old his family moved to Hermannsburg this is where he first saw watercolour paintings as he watched his uncles Maurice, Oscar and Keith Namatjira painting like their father Albert.
Arnulf Ebatarinja another uncle kindled Mervyn’s painting talent when he gave him some watercolour paperboard and taught him to paint.
Mervyn’s family moved back to Alice Springs in 1975 and he began to paint with Basil Rantji who taught him how to mix colours.
In 2006 Mervyn was invited to submit a painting for the “Mornington Peninsular Works on Paper” Exhibition. Mervyn was a finalist at the 2008 NATSIA Awards in Darwin and in 2013 he was invited to participate at the seminar “Presences in the Art of Rex Battarbee and Albert Namatjira” at the State Library of NSW.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Rienhold Inkamala is an artist from Hermannsburg (Ntaria).
As a young man, Reinhold was a talented AFL player, but was involved in a serious accident that stopped him from playing sport.
His grandparents, the Pareroultjas, taught him to draw with pencils when he was a child, before he learned to paint in the tradition of the Hermannsburg School of Art, pioneered by Albert Namatjira.
Artist Ivy Pareroultja is like a mother to Reinhold.
He paints his father’s country with great use of colours and is known for his depiction of central Australian wildlife and black cockatoos.
Reinhold is married to Cathy (Jennifer) Wirri, sister of acclaimed young talent watercolourist Elton Wirri.
In 2016, Reinhold’s circle watercolour painting was added to the collection of the National Museum of Australia.
Julieanne Ngwarraye was born in 1975 to Lilly Kemarra Morton who is a senior artist of Ampilatwatja, who was part of the Utopian Batik movement in the 1980's and is a respected elder of the community.
Her Grandfather’s country is Antarrengeny. Her Grandmother’s mother’s country is Aherrenge.
Julieanne is a well-known artist of the community, as is her sister Jessie Ngwarraye Ross, and Aunty Daisy Kemarre Moss.
She has two beautiful daughters and has painted with the women of her family since she can remember.
Kathleen is originally from Barrow Creek and before marrying her second husband Ricky Holmes and moving to Ampilatwatja, his homeland, Kathleen lived for many years out at Kings Canyon.
Kathleen began painting her own paintings for the first time with Artists of Ampilatwatja, from 2010.
When she was younger she would often stay with an Auntie in Alice Springs whom was a well-established artist there and as a teenager she would help her to paint her paintings.
Kathleen also has a couple of Aunties in Utopia who were part of the Utopian Batik movement and she would watch them do batik as a child.
Kathleen draws a lot of her inspiration from her homeland and her childhood memories of Barrow Creek and the country surrounds.
Her paintings are often a reminiscing of hunting and camping trips, climbing the hills to get brilliant views and walking her land with her family. Kathleen likes to paint her homeland, at Barrow Creek, because it as a way of connecting to and remembering her home.
Her dot work is exquisitely fine and she uses this technique to make patterns within the landscapes of her paintings demonstrating her peaceful, patient disposition and a deep love and connection to her country. The work produced by Kathleen is recognisably distinct, due to the application of her fine patterned dots and the often bright and child-like figurative depiction of the land.
Kathleen tells of how she is inspired by landscapes, the ways the sky changes and how the light changes the colours of the land and the rocks.
A veritable source of life, the land has provided and sustained Alyawarra people for generations, as every plant and animal has a vital role to play within the ecological system; this profound understanding is interpreted in all Kathleen’s paintings.
Michelle’s subject matter is always 'strong bush medicine', demonstrating a deep connection to her country. Her work pays homage to the significance and use of traditional bush medicine, allowing an insight into her community.
Michelle’s family still traditionally hunt and gather, the love for her land, plants, flowers and trees inspire her paintings from season to season.
Michelle was part of the original Utopian Batik art movement during 1988, the entire collection was purchased by the Robert Holmes Court Foundation.
In 2013 Michelle won the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) People’s Choice.