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West MacDonnell Ranges, NT



Ivy Pareroultja


14 Oct 1952 –

Language group: Western Arrernte, Central Desert region

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  • Details

    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
    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".

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2012
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Ivy Pareroultja, courtesy Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Alice Springs

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Ivy Pareroultja

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