Marlene Wheeler | Artist Profile

Details of Marlene Wheeler


Other Languages: Luritja and Western Arrrernte


Marlene Wheeler Nungarrayi has taken to painting with a passion. Granddaughter of Albert Namatjira, Marlene has many family members in Papunya and Hermannsburg communities, including many grandchildren. Marlene paints bush tucker, women's ceremony and other Tjukurrpa narratives such as Seven Sisters, and about her family's Country and Law. Her works are warm and earthy and very finely detailed and her audience are immediately drawn to her paintings. Marlene painted with Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra before painting with Tangentyere. Marlene brings a great enthusiasm to her art practice and a serenity to the studio that makes her valued member of the Tangentyere Community.

Group Exhibitions

2016, November - Town Camp Yarns, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2016, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT Desert Mob 2016
2016, August - Convention Centre, Darwin, NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2016, May - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Many Women, Many Stories, Many Ways
2015, October - Art Gallery South Australia, Adelaide, SA Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander Art
2015, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs, NT SELFIES 2 l Town Campers
2014, September - Bright Gallery Bright VIC Time and Place 2:
2014, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Selfies: Representation of Self by Town Camp Artists
2014, August - Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin 8th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2014, June - Tangentyere Artists Group Show New Works: Salon Show
2013, May - Central Craft Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists
2012 - Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery Sydney NSW Songlines – a Cooee Christmas
2012 - 4 Elder Street Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day
2012 - Cultural Centre Alice Springs NT Alice Springs Beanie Festival


The Anthropology Museum, The University of Queensland, 2014


2015 - Byrne, Joanna, Sophie Wallace, and Tangentyere Artists, Making Place Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Tarnanthi Exhibition Catalogue, Art Gallery South Australia, p: 92-97
2015 - Cumpston, Nici and Nick Mitzevich, Tarnanthi At The Gallery, Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander Art, p: 9-16.
2016 - Finnane, Kieran, 'From ceremony to selfies', Art Monthly Australasia, Issue 287, March 2016, p:68-70.

Artworks of Marlene Wheeler