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An image of Pettermann Ranges by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja

(Australia 14 Oct 1952 – )

Language group
Western Arrernte, Central Desert region
Pettermann Ranges
Place of origin
Petermann RangesNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Cultural origin
Western Arrernte
Media category
Materials used
watercolour on white wove paper on board

169.0 x 54.0 cm image (irreg.); 190.0 x 55.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner recto, black watercolour "IVY PAREROULTJA". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2012
Accession number
© Ivy Pareroultja, courtesy Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre
Not on display
Further information

Ivy Pareroultja is one of the leaders in a new generation of artists continuing the legacy of the renowned Hermannsburg School of watercolour painters. Ivy is the daughter of Edwin Pareroultja, a contemporary of Albert Namatjira’s and a significant artist in his own right. Significantly, Edwin Pareroultja’s painting 'Amulda Gorge', c.1947 was the first work by an Aboriginal artist purchased for the Gallery’s collection. Edwin, along with his brothers, Otto and Reuben, was known for his use of brilliant colour, graphic forms and strong patternation.

In recent years Ivy Pareroultja has mastered the skills inherited from her father to produce striking watercolours through the Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre (Alice Spings). 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 distinctive watercolour style.

Pareroultja’s works are distinguished by their luminous high-keyed colour, stylised forms and distinctive line work. The format of her paintings follow the established conventions for Hermannsburg works. However, Pareroultja offers a very personal account of this tradition, through the construction of enlivened landscapes that show the clarity of central Australian light and celebrate Pareroultja’s intimate attachment to country.

Bibliography (1)

Anne Ryan, Drawing out: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2014, 'List of works', pg. 94-96, Sydney, 2014, 95.

Exhibition history (2)

The hills beyond Hermannsburg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 2014–02 Jun 2014

Drawing out: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2014, 21 Nov 2014–26 Jan 2015