Joanne Wheeler

Yarrenyty Arltere Artists & Tangentyere Artists

Joanne Wheeler was born in 1969 in Ntaria [Hermannsburg] and is the great granddaughter of renowned watercolourist Albert Namitjira. She has had a celebrated artistic career, and joined Tangentyere Artists in 2013. Wheeler holds strong connections to Tjoritja [West MacDonnell Ranges], her mother’s country and Kaltukatjara, her father’s country. She also retains strong links to Anmayyerr and Luritja Country, frequently travelling for cultural and familial obligations.

Wheeler often paints stories of the olden days at Ntaria and Palm Valley, NT as her figurative landscapes burst with vibrant colours, fields of dots, rolling ranges, playful animals and animated figures. She cleverly uses shifts in colour alongside the dynamic poses and exaggerated features of the figures to convey a sense of movement within her works. She brings the viewer into her paintings and provides a stylised glimpse of life and landscape before the Mission. Previously, Wheeler also painted non-figurative works however in recent years has focussed solely on developing her current unique style which has been met with much success.

Wheeler has exhibited widely across Australia, was the joint winner of the Macquarie Emerging Artist Prize (2020), and finalist in the 2021 Churchie Emerging Art Prize, 37th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (2020) and 2007 Advocate Art Award presented by the Central Australian Art Society.