Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin - Senior Artist at Balgo, paints ancestral country in the Great Sandy Desert


Kinyu by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Kinyu

Jap 000187  |  acrylic on linen  |  100 x 100 cm


Kunawarritji by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Kunawarritji

Jap 000186  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 100 cm


Balgo artist Eubena Nampitjin (c1921– 2013) is represented in all major national collections including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of WA, and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Eubena Nampitjin was an esteemed law women in Balgo community, and was consulted and deferred to on questions of law. Eubena’s mother taught her the skills of Maparn (healer/witchdoctor) when Eubena was just a young girl.

In her early years Eubena Nampitjin’s family travelled with the seasons and hunted, they performed ceremonies and law for the upkeep of their country and for their clan group. Eventually, Eubena Nampitjin, along with her husband and family, travelled north along the Canning Stock Route to Billiluna Station, then followed the mission there until it settled at its present site at Balgo Hills.

Eubena Nampitjin has exhibited extensively since her first 1986 exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, exhibiting throughout Australia and the world with great success – she is regarded as one of Balgo’s most famous artists.

Eubena Nampitjin paintings and prints have been included in exhibitions at Japingka Gallery, and several paintings by Eubena Nampitjin are available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of artworks.

Aboriginal Art Status

Iconic artist.

Read Eubena Nampitjin Obituary

Solo Exhibitions

2010 – Eubena Nampitjin from Kinyu: Part 2, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2009 – Eubena Nampitjin from Kinyu, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2008 – Nyanyami Kailyu-Parma-Tali Tjurrtijanu Tjkurpa: Kiny, Water, Hills and Sandhills, Alcaston Gallery Melbourne
2007 – Eubena Nampitjin, Queen of the Desert, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2006 – Ngurrangku Tjukurrpa Wakaninpa (Painting Country and Dreamtime), Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2005 – Eubena Nampitjin, Marrka Kurrunpa Palya, Alcaston Gallery (in Sydney at Depot Gallery), Sydney;
2004 – Eubena Nampitjin, 2004, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2002 – Eubena Nampitjin, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
2000 -Lena Nyadbi and Eubena Nampitjin, Tineriba Gallery, Adelaide Festival of the Arts; Kinyarri: My Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
1998 – Kinyu – My country near Canning Stock Route, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne