Joanne Napangardi Wheeler | Artist Profile

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Joanne Wheeler is great grand daughter to Alber Namitjira through her mother Betty Wheeler. Betty Wheeler was raised up by Albert Namatjira after the death of her parents. Joanne's father, Marcus Wheeler is a Lutheran minister of renown. The Wheeler family are all talented artist. The artist was born in Hermannsburg, Ntaria where her parents moved before she was born. She had two younger sisters, through one is deceased. Joanne's grandfather was buried at Hermannsburg in 1980. She is singled and without children herself. Her father's family are Wheelers from Docker River. Joanne is aWest Arrernte speaking woman, who identifies with the West MacDonald Range Country of her mother's family, and Kaltukatjara (Docker River). She also retains strong links to Anmatyerr and Luritja Country and family. She is a young cousin of fellow Tangentyere Artist Grace RObinya, and loves to paint bush tucker and small game like goanna, perentie and snakes. She carves and hotwires punu, and makes seed jewellery as well, all taught to her by her now deceased aunt, Rhona Wheeler. Joanne painted from about 1990 for the Hermannsburg Tea Room before joining Tangentyere Artist. Exhibitions: 2007 Advocate Art Award, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs 2007 Birrung Gallery, Sydney 2008 Gallery Gondwanda, Sydney
GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018 Tangentyere Artsit Christmas Show, Hidden Valley, Yarrenyty Arltere and Tangentyere Artist, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2017 Tangentyere Artist Christmas Exhibition, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2017 Tangentyere Artist Christmas Exhibition, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2017 NESA Conference, Double Tree Hilton, Alice Springs NT
2016 Our Selves, Our Stories - Town Camp Artist, Group Show, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2015 Making Place-Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery South Australia, SA
2015 Selfies 2 - Town Campers, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2015 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Convention Centre, Darwin NT
2014 Time and PLace 2, Bright Gallery, VIC
2014 Selfies: Representation of Self by Town Camp Artist, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2014 New Works: Salon Show, Tangentyere Artist Show, Alice Springs NT
2013 Tangentyere Artist Open Day of New Art Centre, Tangentyere Artist Gallery, Alice Spings NT
BIBLIOGRAPHY:
2015 Byrne, Joanna, Sophie Wallace, and Tangentyere Artist, Making PLace Tangentyere Artist and Yarrenyty Arltere Artist, 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 Australia, Issue 287, March 2016, p.68-70

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