Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa
Maureen was born in 1952 in the bush at Mt Allan cattle station near Yuendumu
and is Walpiri. She went to school at Yuendumu settlement in the sixties and
later returned to Mt Allan and worked as a teachers assistant for three years.
Maureen has four children who are now grown, Michael, Jillian, Gwenda and Anderson.
Jillian is showing great promise as an artist in her own right.
Maureen is an accomplished artist and has been painting since 1981, and is fully
aware of the history and the background of the art, both in its traditional context
and the modern acrylic movement. Her paintings or Dreamings originate from Warlukalongu,
her father's and grandfather's country and involve Emu and Fire from her fathers side
and Women's Ceremony and Water Dreaming from her mothers side. Maureen's first
love is painting which she refers to as culture art.
In 1990 she travelled to Vanuatu for the Art Dock show, the first international
art exhibition to be held in Vanuatu. She has since moved to Alice Springs where
she paints regularly for local and interstate galleries.
Maureen paints in a strong and innovative style, and is equally at ease working
with other artists on collaborative pieces. Her joint piece 'Seven Sisters Dreaming'
with Alice Springs artist Maggie Urban was exhibited and toured with the 'Commitments'
exhibition in 1993 through the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.
She was artist-in-residence at the Mulgara Gallery, Yulara (Ayers Rock, NT) in
January 1994, and has also exhibited At the Desert Art Gallery Melbourne, and Sydney.
Maureen's designs have recently been created in a range of carpets, which depict
her strong sense of colour choice and meticulous design work.
Her paintings hang in many national and international collections, and her works
are sought after by art collectors from around the world.
Here are some examples of the work by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa.
Additional information can be found in Aboriginal Artists of the
Western Desert - A Biograpical Dictionary, by Vivien Johnson