Area: Central Desert,
Region: West of Haasts Bluff, Kintore area
Community: Ikuntji, Haasts Bluff
Acrylic on canvas / Belgium linen
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Melbourne.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Supreme Court, Darwin.
Araluen Art Centre, NT.
Active Youth Collection, Japan
Arts d'Australie Stephane Jacob, Paris
Myer Baillieu Collection
2006 - Alice Nampitjinpa, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
2005 - Alice Nampitjinpa and Eunice Napanangka - Ikuntji, Gallery
Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
2005 - Kaarkurutintya - Goanna Country: Recent Paintings from Haasts Bluff,
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004 - Ikuntji - Stories from the Red Land, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London;
Mythology and Reality - Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art from the Gabrielle
Pizzi Collection, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
2003 - Mythology and Reality, Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Artist,
Israel; Monash University Prato Centre, Italy.
2002 - Pintupi Women - Bush Stories, Ikuntji, at Hogarth Galleries, Paddington.
2001 - 2002 - Land of Diversity, The Northern Territory, at Hogarth Galleries Paddington.
Bardon, Geoffrey; Ryan, Judith; Pizzi, Gabrielle; Stanhope, Zara;
Mythology and Reality - Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art from the Gabrielle Pizzi
Collection, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
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Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Alice Nampitjinpa was born in 1945 at Talaalpi, west of Haasts Bluff in Central
Australia. She is the niece of acclaimed Pintupi artist Uta Uta Tjangala. Alice
Nampitjinpa commenced painting in 1994 when she participated in 'Minyma Tjukurrpa',
the Kintore/Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project, giving the women artists
from both communities an opportunity to reaffirm family links and ties to tribal lands.
Alice is a senior artist in the team at the Ikuntji Arts Centre. She had a solo
exhibition of her work Through Alice's eyes at the Onshore Gallery Geelong,
Victoria in October-November 2004, and her works were featured in the Divas of
the Desert exhibition at Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs in March-April 2004.
Her work is represented in many major collections including the National Gallery
of Victoria and the Araluen Art Centre.
Alice's Tjukurrpa or dreaming story is the porcupine or Tjilkamata. Her place of
significance is Talaalpi, a swamp near the West Australian border. She retells
her stories with bold, colourful abstractions representing the sandhills and
swamplands of her country. The use of the colours yellow and red are important
to Alice as they signify the colours of the ochres used in ceremonial body painting.
The stories are often the tale of the porcupine searching for tucker or in turn
being the source of bush tucker.
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