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Title

West MacDonnell Ranges, NT


Artist

Ivy Pareroultja

Australia

14 Oct 1952 -

Language group

Western Arrernte, Central Desert region


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

MacDonnell Ranges Northern Territory Australia


Cultural origin

Western Arrernte


Date

2007


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour on white wove paper on board


Dimensions

26.8 x 37.4 cm image (irreg.); 27.9 x 39.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner recto, black fibre-tipped pen "IVY PAREROULTJA".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors Group 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

288.2012


Artist information

Ivy Pareroultja

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
MacDonnell Ranges

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Anne Ryan, Drawing out: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2014, 'Ivy Pareroultja', pg. 39-44, Sydney, 2014, 40 (colour illus.), 95.