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Title

Behind Ellery Creek Big Hole

2009


Artist

Gloria Pannka

Australia

circa 1950 -

Language group

Luritja, Central Desert region


About

Gloria Pannka is one of a new generation of artists continuing the legacy of the renowned Hermannsburg School of watercolour painters. Gloria is the daughter of Claude Pannka, significant artist and a contemporary of Albert Namatjira’s.

Like Ivy Pareroultja and Lenie Namatjira, Pannka works through the Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra: Many Hands Art Centre. This art centre was established in 2003 to foster the Western Arrernte descendants of the Hermannsburg School of painters and can be credited with a revival of their style of painting.

Gloria was taught to paint by her father and her works evidence the subtle tones and fine details for which he was recognised. Her detailed works offer a composed view of country, gently coloured and seemingly imbued with calmness. Not often associated with our harsh interior. ‘Behind Ellery Creek Big Hole’ 2009 depicts the significant tourist destination of Ellery Creek in the West MacDonnell Ranges. However, rather than depict the waterhole favoured by tourists, Pannka focuses on the surrounding Western Arrernte country that is her home, in a manner which evokes the nostalgia of memory.


Details


Place where the work was made

Ellery Creek Northern Territory Australia


Cultural origin

Western Arrernte


Date

2009


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour on white wove paper on board


Dimensions

17.6 x 54.9 cm image (irreg.); 18.9 x 55.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed bot.c. recto, black watercolour "GLORIA PANNKA". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

286.2012


Artist information

Gloria Pannka

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Ellery Creek

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history