Samuel Miller | Artist Profile

Details of Samuel Miller


Samuel Miller was born in 1966 at Ernabella Mission. When Samuel’s mother passed away, his father’s second wife, Molly Nampitjin Miller, cared for him. Molly is a founding director of Ninuku. When growing up, Samuel moved between Amata and Pipalyatjara, but he now resides in Kalka with Molly and the rest of her family. A committed artist, Samuel usually paints every day. His paintings depict the traditional iconography of his land, which lies to the east of Pipalyatjara - rock holes, creeks and hills feature in his work, all immersed in Tjukurpa (Dreaming stories). Samuel’s paintings are mesmerising. His composition is minimalist and he makes extensive use of radiating colours, which are largely drawn from the varying colours in the landscape surrounding his country. He is fastidious in his approach and works with a large number of paint colours, which he spreads out around him as he paints. Although he is one of the youngest men painting at the art centre, Samuel is confident and focussed in his approach.

Solo Exhibitions
2009 - Ngayuku Ngura "My Home", Outstation Gallery, Darwin

Group Exhibitions
2018 APY Gallery, Sydney,NSW - Nganampa Ara Kunpu Kanyintjaku: Yangupala Tjutaku Tjukupra. To be storm is to keep culture safe: A young fella story
2018 Aboriginal Signature Gallery, Brussels Belgium - Hold our connection to country strong for malatja-malatja (future generation)
2018 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT - Desert Mob
2018 Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs NT - Desert mob
2018 Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs NT - Bold & beautiful
2018 Better World Arts, Adelaide SA - Sala 2018 - South Australian Living Artist Festival
2018 Pandanus Gallery, Cairns QLD - Pukara - A Waterhole
2018 Finalist - Bluethumb Art Prize 2018
2017 - Jimmy Donegan and Company, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2016 - Desart Mob, Araluen
2016 - Kala ngura ngayuku - Colours of my home/country
2015 - Our Mob
2015 - Art Fair Show
2015 - Ninuku Tjuta
2015 - Ninuku Tjuta
2015 - Araluen
2015 - Salon des Refusés – Darwin Festival
2012 - Nganampa Ngura, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2012 - Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakuta, Ancient Land: New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, New York
2012 - Desert Mob 2012, Araluen, Alice Springs
2011 - The Western APY Lands Touring Exhibition, ARTKELCH Gallery, Germany
2011 - Wati Ngintaka Tjukurpa, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2011 - Desert Mob 2011, Araluen, Alice Springs
2011 - Shalom Gamarada Charity Fundraiser, Sydney, NSW
2011 - Five Strong Men, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2011 - Ngura Wirukanyanku - This is a Beautiful Place, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2011 - Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond Gallery, Adelaide
2010 - Kulunypa tjuta paintamilani: Lots of small paintings, Short Street Gallery (as part of CIAF), Boland Centre, Cairns
2010 - Warka Kuwari Walkatjunanyi: New Paintings by the Artists of Ninuku, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2010 - Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs
2010 - Desert Country, Art Gallery South Australia, Adelaide
2010 - Ninuku Arts Group Show, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2009 - Ngura Tjuta: Big Country, Ninuku Arts show, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 - Ninuku Artists 'Ngintaka Tjukurpa: Perentie Lizard Dreaming', Alcaston Gallery
2008 - Ninuku Artists print exhibition ‘Pirinyi’, Nomad Art Gallery
2008 - Kulila Nganampa Tjukurpa: Listen To Our Stories, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2009 - Alwarawara: Side By Side; Artists from Ninuku Arts, Tjungu Palya and Tjala Arts; Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2007 - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA-Tjukurpa Kutjupa Kutjupa: Other Stories from Ninuku Arts and TjanpiDesert Weavers
2007 - Ninuku Tjukurpa - Bilby Dreaming, Ninuku Arts Group Show, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008 - Tjukurpa Kutjupa Kutjupa: Other Stories from Ninuku Arts and Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2007 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW-Ninuku Arts Inaugural Sydney Show
2007 - Ninuku Arts in Focus, Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth
2006 - Skin on Skin, Tuggernaong Arts Centre, Canberra
2006 - Anangu Backyard, The Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Bank Collection
W & V McGeoch Collection

2008 - Desart Newsletter, Artist in Focus, Autumn
2009 - 'Ninuku Arts: Perentie Lizard Dreaming', Dr Ross Moore, Australian Aboriginal Art Magazine, Issue 2 June 2009
2010 - Desert Country catalogue and promotional material, Art Gallery South Australia, Adelaide
2011 - Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, Adelaide News, February 3 2011
2011 - New Exhibitions, Projects and Initiatives, ArtLink Indigenous Art Issue, Volume 31 no.2, 2011
2011 - ArtLink Indigenous Issue, Western APY Lands Boutique Art to Europe, Volume 31, June 2011
2011 - Western APY Lands exhibition catalogue, ARTKELCH, Germany
2011 - Emily McCulloch Childs Blog, Desert Mob 2011, September 2011
2011 - Desert Mob exhibition catalogue, September 2011
2012 - Nganampa Ngura Catalogue, Essay by Claire Eltringham, May 2012
2012 - Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Catalogue Essay by Nici Cumpston (AGSA) May 2012
2012 - Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog,Aboriginal Art in America, Again (Summer 2012), June 24
2012 - Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American EyeBlog, Ancestral Modern in Seattle and Ninuku in New York, May 27
2012 - Australian Consulate General (USA), Feature, June 2012
2012 - NAISA, Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Art Show in New York City by Willie Brown, Saturday 19 May 2012
2012 - PRI's The World (News Program), Vibrant Aboriginal Art Exhibit Gives Power To Indigenous Australians by Marlon Bishop, July 4 2012
2012 - Sun Valley Property News, Art Scene, Harvey Art Projects Goes Coast to Coast, May 2012
2012 - Kluge Ruhe, Aboriginal Art Collection of University of Virginia, New Piece, May 2012
2012 - APY Bites into the Big Apple, Feature by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Saturday June 30 2012
2012 - Angloinfo, Art and Exhibitions in Singapore, Singapore Event: 'Nganampa Ngura' (Our Place), 26 April 2012
2012 - artinasia, Nganampa Ngura, (Our Place) - Senior men and women's paintings about their home country, ReDot Gallery 14 April 2012

Artworks of Samuel Miller