Alice Nampitjinpa (*ca. 1943)

Alice Nampitjinpa was born east of Walungurru (Kintore) in the area of Talaalpi, a flat and occasionally boggy region which lies about 500 km west of Alice Springs. She belongs to the Pintupi language group. The father's brother,Uta uta Tjangala (ca. 1920-1990) was a famous artist and one of the founders of the new art movement at the beginning of the '70s in Papunya. Alice Nampitjinpa taught dance and indigenous culture for many years at the girls' school in Walungurru (Kintore), but moved eventually to Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff).

She began her art career in 1995 and participated in the group project "Minyma Tjukurrpa", involving artists from Walungurru (Kintore) and Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff). Some of her artworks were exhibited publicly that same year and in the decade after1999 she  had nine solo exhibitions.

Group Exhibitions (selected)


Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA


Art Frankfurt, Germany


Sydney Art Fair, Australia


Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia


Die inneren und die äußeren Dinge. Stadtgalerie Bamberg Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany (in cooperation with Aboriginal Art Galerie Bähr, Speyer)


Ikuntji – Stories from the Red Land, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK


Mythology & Reality. Palazzo Bricherasio Turin, Italien; AAM Utrecht, The Netherlands; Monash University Prato Centre, Italy; Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts, Jerusalem, Israel; SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney; Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia


"Ikuntji Tjuta - Touring Retrospective", Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown, Australia


Raiki Wara. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Museum & Art Gallery of the N.T., Darwin, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Art Gallery of S.A., Adelaide, Australia


14th National Aboriginal Art Award, Darwin, Australia


Ikuntji Tjuta, Alliance Francaise, Canberra, Australia


"Circles about the Body", University Gallery, University of Tasmania, Australia


"Minyma Tjukurrpa" – Haats Bluff/Kintore Canvas Project, Tandanya - National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, Australia


Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Active Youth Collection, Japan

Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Melbourne, Australia

Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Harold Mitchell Foundation, Melbourne, Australia

Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

Myer Baillieu Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, USA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia


2006    Heritage Art Award, Canberra, Australia


Aboriginal Art Galerie Bähr, Speyer, Kulturabteilung Bayer, Leverkusen, and Bayer Australia, Sydney (eds.): Das Verborgene im Sichtbaren. The Unseen in Scene, Speyer 2000, exh. cat., ISBN 3980707202

Araluen Galleries Alice Springs Cultural Precinct (ed.): Desert Mob 2005. Celebrating 15 Years,  Alice Springs 2005, exh. brochure

Araluen Galleries Alice Springs Cultural Precinct (ed.): Desert Mob 2007. Recent works from Aboriginal Art Centres in Central Australia, Alice Springs 2005, exh. brochure

Araluen, Alice Springs Cultural Precinct (ed.): Desert Mob 2010, Alice Springs 2010, exh. brochure

Australian Heritage Commission (ed.): The Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award. The Art of Place, Canberra 2000, exh. cat.

Boulter, Michael: The Art of Utopia. A New Direction in Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Craftsman House, Roseville East, Sydney 1991, ISBN 9768097159

Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery (ed.): Ikuntji Tjuta,  Campbelltown 1999, exh. brochure, ISBN 1875199276

Heide Museum of Modern Art (ed.): Mythology & Reality. Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art from the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Bulleen 2004, exh. cat., ISBN 094710481X

Johnson, Vivien: Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists, IAD Press, Alice Springs 2008, ISBN 9781864650907

Kleinert, S. and Neale, M. (eds.): The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, Oxford Univ. Press, Melbourne 2000, ISBN 0195506599

Meeuwsen, Franca: Aboriginal Kunst, de verhalen vertellen, Zwolle 2000, ISBN 9040095078

National Gallery of Victoria (ed.): Indigenous Australian Art in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2002, ISBN 0724102124

Northern Editions (ed.): Land Mark - Mirror Mark, Darwin o.J.

Oliva, Achille Bonito (ed.): Desert Art, 2. Aufl., Milano 2002, exh. cat.

Strocchi, Marina (ed.): Ikuntji. Paintings from Haasts Bluff 1992-1994, IAD Press, Alice Springs 1995, ISBN 094965986X