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Ormiston Gorge



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/Luritja, Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Central Desert region
    Media category
    Materials used
    watercolour on wove paper
    17.0 x 54.0 cm image; 19.0 x 57.3 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., black fibre-tipped pen "IVY PAREROULTJA". Not dated.

    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2014
    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' c1947 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 has mastered the skills inherited from her father to produce striking watercolours through the Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra: Many Hands Art Centre. This art centre was established in 2003 to foster the Western Arrernte descendents of the Hermannsburg school of painters and can be credited with a revival of their style of painting in recent years. Ivy has been at the forefront of this movement and following her first exhibition in 2003 has achieved great success.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Alice Springs

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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