Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists

A selection of paintings showing the styles from this Aboriginal art region - some paintings may still be available for sale, while some may have been sold.

 

Tjoritja – West MacDonnell Ranges by Vanessa Inkamala

Vanessa Inkamala  |  Tjoritja – West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 016806  |  watercolour on paper  |  26 x 36 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges, NT by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges, NT

Jap 016807  |  watercolour on paper  |  23 x 54 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges near Jay Creek by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges near Jay Creek

Jap 016808  |  watercolour on paper  |  26 x 74 cm

Going towards Ormiston Gorge by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  Going towards Ormiston Gorge

Jap 016809  |  watercolour on paper  |  26 x 36 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges near Serpentine Gorge by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges near Serpentine Gorge

Jap 016810  |  watercolour on paper  |  54 x 23 cm

Tjoritja – West MacDonnell Ranges by Hubert Pareroultja

Hubert Pareroultja  |  Tjoritja – West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 016835  |  Watercolour on silk  |  71 x 137 cm

Areyonga by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  Areyonga

Jap 016811  |  watercolour on paper  |  26 x 36 cm

Rwetyepme – Mt Sonder by Mervyn Rubuntja

Mervyn Rubuntja  |  Rwetyepme – Mt Sonder

Jap 016836  |  Watercolour on silk  |  71 x 137 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges, NT by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges, NT

Jap 016812  |  watercolour on paper  |  23 x 54 cm

Near Raggetts Well, NT by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  Near Raggetts Well, NT

Jap 016813  |  watercolour on paper  |  26 x 74 cm

Tjoritja – West MacDonnell Ranges by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  Tjoritja – West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 016814  |  watercolour on paper  |  15 x 52cm

McDonnell Ranges, Central Australia by Betty Wheeler Naparula

Betty Wheeler Naparula  |  McDonnell Ranges, Central Australia

Jap 016815  |  watercolour on paper  |  17 x 26 cm

Tjuritja – West MacDonnell Ranges by Betty Wheeler Naparula

Betty Wheeler Naparula  |  Tjuritja – West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 016816  |  watercolour on paper  |  17 x 26 cm

James Range, Central Australia by Betty Wheeler Naparula

Betty Wheeler Naparula  |  James Range, Central Australia

Jap 016817  |  watercolour on paper  |  26 x 36 cm

Rutjipma – Mt Sonder by Gloria Pannka

Gloria Pannka  |  Rutjipma – Mt Sonder

Jap 016818  |  watercolour on paper  |  54 x 74 cm

After the rain on Hamilton Downs Plain by Gloria Pannka

Gloria Pannka  |  After the rain on Hamilton Downs Plain

Jap 016819  |  watercolour on paper  |  36 x 54 cm

Tjuritja – West MacDonnell Ranges by Hubert Pareroultja

Hubert Pareroultja  |  Tjuritja – West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 016820  |  watercolour on paper  |  34 x 47 cm

East MacDonnell Ranges – Ross River way by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  East MacDonnell Ranges – Ross River way

Jap 016821  |  watercolour on paper  |  26 x 36 cm

West of Mt Gillen by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  West of Mt Gillen

Jap 016822  |  watercolour on paper  |  23 x 54 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 016823  |  watercolour on paper  |  23 x 54 cm

Coming Towards Simpsons Gap from the West by Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja  |  Coming Towards Simpsons Gap from the West

Jap 016824  |  watercolour on paper  |  26 x 36 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges by Otto Pareroultja

Otto Pareroultja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012393  |  Watercolour  |  24.5 x 15 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges by Joshua Ebatarinja

Joshua Ebatarinja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012394  |  Watercolour  |  27 x 18.5 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges by Ewald Namatjira

Ewald Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012395  |  Watercolour  |  29 x 18.5 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges by Gabriel Namatjira

Gabriel Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012397  |  Watercolour  |  27 x 18.5 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges by Athanasius Renkarako

Athanasius Renkarako  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012390  |  Watercolour  |  53 x 35.5 cm

West MacDonnell Ranges by Keith Namatjira

Keith Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012391  |  Watercolour  |  53 x 37.5 cm

The Hermannsburg School of Painters refers to the group of artists who followed after Albert Namatjira, whose watercolour paintings brought the beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges to the attention of all Australians in the middle of the 20th century. Hermannsburg was Albert Namatjira’s home and the birthplace of several generations of artists who continued the legacy established by Albert.

The community itself was established as a Lutheran mission in 1877, originally called the Finke River Mission. It was located in sight of Mt. Hermannsburg, about 125 kms west of Alice Springs. Albert Namatjira had passed on his artistic skills to several generations of artists there, starting with Walter Ebatarinja , and the brothers Otto Pareroultja, Edwin Pareroultja and Reuben Pareroultja. Albert had five sons – Enos Namatjia, Oscar Namatjira, Ewald Namatjira, Keith Namatjira and Maurice Namatjira –  and they all took an interest in painting their traditional country.

This group of Aboriginal artists was originally inspired to find ways to paint their country by seeing the works of travelling white artists Rex Battarbee and John Gardner, who visited Hermannsburg in 1934.  The idea of seeing their ancestral country interpreted by European artists both challenged and inspired the Aboriginal artists to capture the light, beauty and meaning of their own land. Albert Namatjira travelled with Battarbee in 1936 and the team visited some of the most iconic landscapes of Central Australia, under the expert guidance of Albert.

Albert Namatjira enjoyed great success as an artist from the time of his first exhibition, but he also faced intractable problems as a celebrity who was limited by the restricted legal status of Aboriginal people during his lifetime. He died in 1959 at Hermannsburg but his art remains the most highly recognised artwork of Central Australia, and he always achieves substantial prices for paintings at auction.

Today the grandchildren of Albert Namatjira are amongst fifteen or so artists whose work reflects the heritage laid down by Albert during his life. Artists currently maintaining the Hermannsburg School ethos include Douglas Kwarlpe, Lenie Namatjira, Ivy Pareroultja, Elton Wirri and Kevin Namatjira. Exhibitions by these artists continue to draw strong audience response and evoke a loyal connection built up over 75 years.

Hermannsburg Artists: 75th Anniversary Exhibition