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Elizabeth Nampitjinpa

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists & Tangentyere Artists

Elizabeth Nampitjinpa was born in 1949 near Irrity Akwert [Eagle’s Egg], a sacred place. She grew up at Narwietooma Station before moving to Papunya, where her cousin, renowned artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri was founding the Western Desert painting movement. As other senior women began to paint, so too did Elizabeth, learning from her extended family.

Elizabeth paints abstract representations of the Kapi or Ngapa [Water] Tjukurrpa of Karrinyarra held by her father, her brother and herself. This is a private story, but relates to water and lightning, associated with a series of important sacred waterholes across Central Mt Wedge, Karrinyarra and the western Stuart Bluff Ranges. She also paints the powerful women’s ceremonies of the area.

A diverse artist, Elizabeth also paints figurative landscapes full of adventures in and around family outstations around Karrinyarra and Narwietooma. Her style is incredibly neat and orderly in its rhythm, and her paintings fascinate her audience.

She has exhibited widely and her work is held by the Anthropology Museum, University of Queensland, and the the Patrick Corrigan Collection, Bond University.