Manyitjanu Lennon | Artist Profile

Details of Manyitjanu Lennon


Manyitjanu Lennon is from Watinuma Community on the Anangu pPitjantjatjara/ Yankunytjatjara Lands, 350km SE of ULURU. Originally she was from the north of Watarru around Aralya and Kunytjanu. Like many people of her era, Manyitjanu was born in the desert when her family were walking around, living a traditional nomadic life. After ceremony time, and as an early school age girl, her aunties took her from Watarru back to Ernabella. She later returned to Pipalyatjara with Winifred Hilliard many years later when they were helping people out west, taking them clothes and food. She also learnt numerous arts and crafts such as making moccasins and cushions out of kangaroo skins, spinning and dying wool, batik tie dying and wool carving (punu) at the Ernabella Arts Centre. Currently she is involved in basket weaving and painting on canvas. She married and moved to Fregon when it was established in 1961. She was involved in the Fregon Choir, helped set up the Fregon Craft room, as well as the Fregon School with Nancy Sheppard. She has five children and four grandchildren. Manyitjanu has recently returned to the arts centre to paint the stories from her country including the Seven Sisters and Mamungari’nya, She also paints landscapes from around Aralya and Kunytjanu. Her style is quite unique, characterised by bold and energetic use of colour.
2017 Wynne Prize finalist
2018 March Minymaku Walka -(The Mark of Women)
2018 March: Steadfast-Works from Kaitjiti, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2017 December: RedPoles MacLaren Vale SA
2017September: Desert Mob
2017 Araluen Galleries Alice Springs NT
2017 June: Kaltjiti Artists: Continuing Our Story. Paul Johnstone Gallery Darwin. NT
2017 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2017, JunePaul johnstone Gallery Darwin Kaltjiti Artists: continuing our story
2017, AprilTangentyere Artitsts Gallery 12 April -17 May
2017 Ngura Kutjupa, Walytja Kutju –Differentt Communities, One family Communities, One family
2016 October Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW.Nganamp Kililpi -Our Stars
2016 September Desert Mob ShowAraluen Galleries Alice Springs NT
2016 August Salon de Refuse Charles Darwin Univeristy Gallery Darwin NT
2016 July Aboriginal & Pacific Art Sydney NSW
2016J une RAFT Art Space Alice Springs NT 'A Song and a Prayer for our Friend.'
2016 June Signal Point Gallery & Kiri Kiri Art'Malpa Wiru'Naidoc exhibition.
2016 May 18 Paul Johnstone Gallery KILILPI-TILI PULKA IRNYAN-Bright Shining Stars by the Artists of Kaltjiti
2015 August 7-9: St Ignatius Art Show
015 Adelaide SA
2015 June 1-15:Wintjiri Gallery Yulara NT
2013 September Kunmanara ; Kaltjiti Arts Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin NT
2103 May Kaltjiti Artists
2013 Marshall Arts GalleryAdelaide SA
2000 Palupurunypa Palu Kutjupa: Same But Different, South Australian Touring Exhibitions Program, various venues in South Australia
1998 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs Collections
2016 September Artbank Australia
2016 August Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, Seattle, USA
2007 Kerry Stokes Collection -Tjanpi Basket Collections
2017 July Art Gallery of Ballarat : Cat# MLE 10640: sold from Aboriginal and Pacific Art
2016 September Artbank Australia
2016 August Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan, Seattle, USA
2007 Kerry Stokes Collection -Tjanpi Basket

Artworks of Manyitjanu Lennon