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Behind Ellery Creek Big Hole



Gloria Pannka


circa 1950 – 22 Aug 2020

Language group: Arrernte, Central Desert region, Luritja, Central Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Ellery Creek Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Western Arrernte
    Media category
    Materials used
    watercolour on white wove paper on board
    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.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Gloria Pannka/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Ellery Creek

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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