Alice Nampitjinpa

Australian Aboriginal Artist


Alice Nampitjinpa
Born:         1945
State:        NT
Area:         Central Desert,
Region:       West of Haasts Bluff, Kintore area
Country:      Talaalpi
Community:    Ikuntji, Haasts Bluff
Language:     Pintupi

Medium/ Form:
Acrylic on canvas / Belgium linen

Collections held:
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
Griffith University
Arts d'Australie Stephane Jacob, Paris
Myer Baillieu Collection

Solo Exhibitions:
2006 - Alice Nampitjinpa, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
2005 - Alice Nampitjinpa and Eunice Napanangka - Ikuntji, Gallery
Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.

Group Exhibitions:
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.

Select Bibliography:
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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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.