Elizabeth Namitjinpa | Artist Profile

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Other Language Groups: Luritja and Anmatyerr

Biography

Elizabeth's father, Jimmy One Eye Long Ngale was an Anmatyerr man born in 1910 at Broken Windmill Bore, outside Mt Wedge. Her mother Gloria Kngwarreye was born in 1920 and identified as Arrernte, and was the grand-daughter of Markarinya Japaljarri of the Karrinyarra Clan, from west of Narwietooma. Jimmy and Gloria had two girls and two boys. Gloria’s brother One Pound Jimmy Kngwarreye married Rosie Ngale and their children included renowned artist Clifford Possum. The families lived and worked on Narwietooma Station until the early 1960s.

Born near a sacred place called Irrity Akwert [Eagle’s Egg] in 1949, Elizabeth grew up to marry stockman Charlie Japangarti, a Warlpiri member of Karrinyarra’s Yantarrju Clan group associated with the Kuningka (Native Cat / Quoll), born in 1925. As with many of the extended families of the area, when pastoral award wages were introduced, and pastoralists didn’t want to pay them, many Aboriginal families were left with nowhere to go. Along with many family members, the couple moved to Papunya, where Charlie began to paint with his wife's cousin, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, and other men with whom they had lived and worked throughout their lives. Elizabeth and Charlie had three children, including Rhonda Napanangka, while living at Papunya.

Eventually, as other senior women around her began to paint, so did Elizabeth. She painted for a long time, selling to tourists at roadhouses like Tilmouth Well, once she learned to paint from her husband and after he was gone, from her extended family, while they lived at various family outstations such as M'Bunghura, Karrinyarra, Alerhampe, and Yuelamu. Elizabeth and Rhonda now live together in Alice Springs.

Elizabeth paints abstract representations of the Kapi or Ngapa [Water] Tjukurrpa of Karrinyarra held by her father, her brother and herself. This is a private story, but relates to water and lightning, associated with a series of important sacred waterholes across Central Mt Wedge, Karrinyarra and the western Stuart Bluff Ranges. Elizabeth also paints the powerful women's ceremonies of the area, as well as figurative style landscapes full of adventures in and around family outstations around Karrinyarra and Narwietooma. Elizabeth's style is incredibly neat and orderly in its rhythm, and her paintings fascinate her audience.

Group Exhibitions

2016, November - Town Camp Yarns, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2016, August - Convention Centre, Darwin, NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2016, May - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Many Women, Many Stories, Many Ways
2016, May - Group Exhibition, Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Many Women, Many Stories, ManyWays
2016, April - Aboriginal Art Marketplace, Yulara, NT Tjungu Festival
2015, October - Art Gallery South Australia, Adelaide, SA Making Place, Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015, October - Tandanya Cultural Centre, Adelaide, SA Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct Alice Springs NT Desert Mob - 25 Year Commemorative Exhibition
2015, August - Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
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 NT 8th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2014, June - Tangentyere Artists Group Show Alice Springs NT New Works: Salon Show
2013, November - Tangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT New Work by Tangentyere Artists
2013, October - Alice Springs Telegraph Station & TA Gallery, Alice Springs NT Family Trees - Mbantua FestivalExhibition, curated by Hetti Perkins – Desart Art Centres
2013, SeptemberTangentyere Artists Gallery Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day of New Art Centre
2013, May - Raft Art Space Alice Springs NT Our Way, Their Way - Group Show with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
2012 - Alice Springs NT Alice Desert Festival HUB Space - Darwin Festival Lighthouse
2012 - 4 Elder Street Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day
2012 - Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery Sydney NSW Songlines - A Cooee Christmas
2011 - Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery Fremantle WA Our homes: Town Camp & Beyond
2011 - Exhibition Buildings Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2011 - Festival Park Darwin Harry Chan Avenue Darwin NT The Lighthouse Murals Darwin Festival
2011 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2011 - Kate Owen Gallery Sydney NSW Tangentyere Artists
2011 - Exhibition Building Melbourne VIC Melbourne Affordable Art Fair
2010 - Peta Appleyard, Alice Springs Coming Together
2010 - Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne Tjintu Kutjupa

Collections

Darwin Festival Lighthouse Murals Commission, 2011
The Anthropology Museum, The University of Queensland, 2014

Bibliography

2013 - 24 May-15 Jun Our Way, Their Way - Group Show with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists Raft Art Space Alice Springs NT
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 and Torres 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 Elizabeth Namitjinpa

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