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Glen Helen Station



Lenie Namatjira


24 Dec 1951 – Oct 2017

Language group: Western Arrernte, Central Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Alice Springs Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Western Arrernte/Central Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    watercolour on paper
    17.0 x 54.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed "Lenie Namatjira". Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2015
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Lennie Namatjira, courtesy Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre

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    Artist information
    Lenie Namatjira

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  • About

    Lenie Namatjira continued the legacy of the renowned watercolourist, Albert Namatjira. Lenie is the daughter of Oscar Namatjira, Albert’s son, and refined the techniques passed down to her to produce delicate watercolours of her beloved country west of Ntaria (Hermannsburg).

    Lenie Namatjira grew up at Hermannsburg and was taught to paint by her father, Oscar Namatjira. Oscar had learnt to paint from his father, spending a great deal of time with him while he was working. Indeed for a period of about 12 months Oscar was Albert’s ‘driver’, taking Namatjira and his supplies to different painting locations and acquiring the skills to become an accomplished artist in his own right.

    Namatjira’s earlier works are distinguished by the use of subtle variations of colour to create perspective and shadow, as well as soft fields of colour that gently merge to add depth and distance, resulting in calm, composed scenes that reflect the nostalgia of memory. In 'Glen Helen Station' 2015 Namatjira intensifies her use of colour and heightens the use of detail. This results in a graphic quality that may be the influence of Ivy Pareroultja with whom Namatjira worked closely.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Alice Springs

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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