Alice Nampitjinpa

DOB: 1943
Born: Wintjinjarra, west of Kintore
Language Pintupi
Themes Porcupine Tjukurrpa
Community Ikuntji Artists, NT

About Artist:
Alice Nampitjinpa was born in 1943 near Talaalpi, which is a swamp near and a little bit to the east of Walungurru on the Western Australian border.

Prior to her painting Alice Nampitjinpa worked for many years at the Kintore School teaching the young girls dancing and the traditions of the desert people.

Alice started painting on the "Minyama Tjukurrpa" - the Kintore / Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project. As a painter she is inspired by her rich cultural heritage, and thrives when involved with her stories and lore. Alice is an active "dancing woman" who travels widely to participate in annual ceremonies and "Women's Law" meetings.

Alice's tjukurrpa is the porcupine or Tjilkamata. Her story is told in bright colours often utilizing orange and yellow to mirror the ochres that are used in ceremonial body painting. In her tjukurrpa story there is often the porcupine scurrying about rock holes and hiding places looking for tucker while nearby the women are themselves hunting, laying in wait for the porcupine. Alice is a keen hunter and likes to go hunting with Eunice Jack.

Alice's father was the late Uta Uta Tjangala, who was one of the original Papunya Tula painters. His Tjukurrpa is Pungkalungka at Takpalangu. Pungkalungka's are dangerous, and sometimes kill and eat people. They live in huge caves in the hills.

Alice only paints the entrance to the caves to signify the unknown danger of the monster that dwells within. Her father's country is Ngurrapalangu, and her tjukurrpa has passed to her from this place: the porcupine was travelling through the sand hills and passing near the two carpet snakes, kuniya kutjarra, who were living underneath the water.

Alice Nampitjinpa also enjoys the other crafts and is involved in producing hand-spindled hairstring for ceremonies and ininiti necklaces and mats. She regularly goes out bush to collect ininti seeds then laboriously pierces them with hot wire to make beads for necklaces, bracelets or mats.

Shows & Exhibitions:

  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2008 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne (with Eunice Napanangka)
  • Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi , Melbourne
  • Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi (with Euince Napanangka Jack),
  • Boutwell Draper (with Katungka Napanangka), Sydney
  • Tjilkamata & Watuya (with Eunice Napanangka Jack), Gallery
  • Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi (with Narputta Nangala), Melbourne
  • Group Exhibitions
  • Kingsfisher Gallery, Perth, Western Australia, "Ikuntji Women
  • Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, "Ikuntji Painters"
  • Palya Art @ Mary Place, Sydney, "Group Show"
  • 2007 - Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, "Senior Ikuntji Women"
  • Indigenart, Perth, "Ngankirritja"
  • Bandigan Gallery, Sydney, "Yaiti Yamimi"
  • Booker Lowe Gallery, Texas, USA "Group Show"
  • Short St Gallery, Broome, "Group Show"
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, "North Meets South - Ikuntji and
  • Aboriginal Art Collection, Chicago USA, "Genesis"
  • Araluen Gallery, Alice Springs, "Desert Mob"
  • Palya Art, Melbourne, "Group Show"
  • Framed Gallery, Darwin, "Best Of The Best"
  • Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne, "Group Show"
  • Palya Art, Darwin/Sydney, "Palya @ Mary Place"
  • 2006 - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, "Senior Aboriginal Women Artists of
  • Araluen, Desert Mob, Alice Springs
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, "Anangu"
  • 2005 - Art Frankfurt, Germany
  • Strata, Araluen Alice Springs
  • Desert Divas, Gondwana Gallery Alice Springs
  • Sydney Art Fair
  • Heidi Museum of Modern Art - Gabrielle Pizzi Collection
  • "Concord", Framed Gallery, Darwin
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, "Ikuntji Desert Belles"
  • Susan O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane Art Fair
  • Indigenart, Perth
  • Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi
  • Indigenart, Perth
  • 2004 - Araluen, Desert Mob, Alice Springs
  • Indigenart - Perth
  • Gondwana, Desert Show
  • Desert Divas, Gondwana
  • Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
  • Rebecca Hossack, London
  • Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
  • Fireworks, Brisbane
  • Carole Queriye - London
  • 2003 - Monash University Prato Centre, Italy
  • Mythology & Reality Jerusalem Centre of the Performing Artist,
  • 2001 - Our Country: Pintupi Women from Haasts Bluff, Raft Artspace,
  • Ikuntji, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
  • Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
  • 2000 - Desert Mob, Araluen Alice Springs
  • Women's Work, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
  • Ikuntji Artists, Desart Gallery, Sydney
  • 1999 - "Ikuntji Tjuta - Touring Retrospective", Campbelltown City Art
  • 1998 - Adelaide Fringe Festival, Desart Exhibition
  • Bischoffs, California, USA
  • Ikuntji Paintings, Gallerie Dusseldorf, Perth
  • Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs
  • "Ikuntji: Paintings from Haasts Bluff", Framed, Darwin
  • "Raiki Wara: Long Cloth from Aboriginal Australia and the
  • National Heritage Art Award, Canberra
  • 1997 - 28th Alice Prize, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
  • 14th National Aboriginal Art Award, Darwin
  • Ikuntji Tjuta, Alliance Francaise, Canberra
  • "Circles about the Body", University Gallery, University of
  • Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown
  • Ikuntji Tjuta, Gallerie Australis, Adelaide
  • 1996 - 13th National Aboriginal Art Award, Darwin
  • "Ikuntji Minyma Tjuta", Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
  • 1995 - "Minyma Tjukurrpa" - Haats Bluff/Kintore Canvas Project,