Lennard Walker | Artist Profile

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Lennard was born at Tjukaltjara on the central northern border of Spinifex circa 1946. Tjukaltjara is an extension of a massive Seven Sisters site centred at Kuru Ala (eyes open) which could describe the state of alertness required by the sisters being relentlessly stalked across great tracts of central Australia by the obsessively amorous Nyiiru. Lennard’s country lies at the crossover of the endless dunes of Spinifex and the ironstone ranges to the north punctuated by a series of spectacular breakaways and mesas. Women from the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Spinifex Lands regularly convene together at Kuru Ala to practice Women’s ceremonies. In keeping with strict protocol the women first must ask Mr. Walker for permission to enter his country. Diplomatically, Mr. Walker never refuses.

Unlike most born in country artists Lennard moved out of Spinifex with his extended family to the Warburton Mission, established in 1934. Lennard spent time at the Mission school and picked up a good deal of conversational English. This was to serve him well later during the new political era that ensued after the transfer from mission authority to Aboriginal “self-management”. Lennard’s family were comparative strangers in Warburton and took the first opportunity to move to Cundeelee Mission to join the other Spinifex families there.

In the early years of Tjuntjuntjara Lennard married a Warburton woman, Ngalpinkga Simms, who settled in Tjuntjuntjara with Lennard. Lennard painted on the inaugural men’s native title painting, most other men’s collaboratives, joint works with other male painters and wife, Ngalpingka. In style and form Lennard continues from where he began, a ruggedly strong and resolute painter - the image of his country.


Acrylic on canvas and linen


Kungkarangkalpa Tjukurpa - Seven Sisters site of Kuru Ala
Wati Kutjara site of Pukara

Group Exhibitions

2017 'Spinifex' Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2017 Spinifex: Aboriginal Paintings from the Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi Collection, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada. U.S.A.
2016 Pila Nguratja - In Spinifex Country Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2016 Purungu und Narrupa Sammlung, in association with P. & A. Klein and ArtKelch, Kunstwerk, Germany
2015 Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, N.S.W. Spinifex Arts Project 2015
2015 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. SA. Tarnanthi - Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015 ArtKelch, Freibery, Germany Wo das Stachelkopfgras wachst
2015 Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation, The British Museum, London
2014 Pila- Spinifex Land Outstation Gallery, Parap, Darwin. NT.
2014 Tjuntjuntjara, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2014 'Spinifex Tjukurpa' ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2013 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch,Freiburg,Munich,Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.
2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2013 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T. (Men's Collaborative)
2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne.
2012 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
2011 Spinifex Works: Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
2010 New Spinifex Work, Short St Gallery, Broome; Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
2009 Spinifex : Ab-Original Fine Art, Linz, Austria; Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2008 Kapi Ninti - Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC; Spinifex Artists Recent Works:Short St Gallery, Broome
2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle, USA; Ten Years On:Japingka Gallery Fremantle; New Spinifex Works, Short St Gallery, Broome;Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, NT
2006 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, NT;Art of the Spinifex People:Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2005 'Law and Land' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2005 Tarlitja Nguru: Cooee Gallery Sydney; Songlines XXX1V: Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London; Law and Land: Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, NL; From the Heart: Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Native Title Business: national Touring Exhibition; Spinifex Artists, Zurich House, Zurich
2003 Putitja Nguru: Japingka Gallery, Fremantle; Spinifex Arts Project 03:Neil Murphy Indigenous Art
2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A.
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
2000 Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.


Art Gallery of New South Whales, Sydney, New South Whales
Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA (Men's Collaborative)
Artbank Australian Government, Canberra. A.C.T.
W. & V. McGeoch Collection, Melbourne, Vic.
Wagner and Owen Collection, USA.
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative)
Collection Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein, Embassy of Liechtenstein in Germany (Men's Collaborative)
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT (Men's Collaborative)
The Corrigan Collection, Australia (Men's Collaborative)
The British Museum, London. (Men's Collaborative)
Kuntswerk Sammlung Alison und Peter W. Klein, Germany
The Kaplan-Levi Collection, USA


2008 Finalist:WA Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A. (Men's Collaborative)


2015 Reuters video, Prince Charles says Indigenous history as important as ANZAC day, Reuters, May 1st
2015 Sculthorpe,G. Carty,J. Morphy,H. Nugent,M. Coats, I. Bolton, L. Jones,J. Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation (exh cat) The British Museum, London, UK.
2015 Sculthorpe, Gaye. 2015, Bringing great Australian Indigenous works of art into the light at the British Museum, The Financial Review, April 29th
2015 Nicholls, Christine. 2015, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation is a challenge to review, The Conversation, 27th April
2015 Edmons, Penny. 2015 Indigenous Australia exhibition at the British Museum is insider activism at its best, The Conversation, April 22nd
2015 Dulaney, Michael. Spinifex artwork takes pride of place at British Museum, The Kalgoorlie Miner, May 8th
2015 Neill, Rosemary. 2015, British Museum indigenous exhibition earns royal approval, The Australian, May 2nd
2015 Jones, Jonathon. 2015, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation a fabulous beast, The Gardian, April 21st
2013 Butler, M. Dean,Bently.'First Footprints' Episode 2. The Great Drought; 30,000 To 15,000 Years Ago. Contact Films Pty Ltd. NSW, Australia
2012 Hacket, J. Forrest, S. Malcolm, C. Cane, S. Carty, J. Lane, C. Cruthers, J. Chadwick, R. Allerton, L.'Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow' (exh. cat) John Curtin Gallery, Perth. W. A.
2012 Jorgensen, D.J. 2012, 'No Place Without Other Places: Spinifex Arts Project at fifteen years', ARTLINK: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 32, 2, pp. 86-87.
2012 Rothwell, Nicolas. "Paintings of lifetimes in the desert" The Australian, August 6th 2012.
2009 Art Gallery of Western Australia, 'Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards 2008' Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, W.A.
2002 Cane,S. 'Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People', Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA.

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