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Contemporary art

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art

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Ivy Pareroultja


14 Oct 1952 -

Language group

Western Arrernte, Central Desert region


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.


Place where the work was made

Alice Springs Northern Territory Australia

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


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Ivy Pareroultja

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made
Alice Springs

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 1 publication


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