Benita is the daughter of artist Gwenda Namatjira and great granddaughter of Albert Namatjira. She paints her country both in dot paintings depictions and watercolours. Benita also paints figurative images of her family and their learning of the watercolour painting tradition. Benita is teaching her husband, Ricky Connick the painting skill. She often comes to Ngurratjuta Many Hands art centre to learn from the elders and get inspiration from old photographs and stories.
In her own words: I paint the current and old Namatjira Family and the old days in Ntaria. For example, I painted my uncle Kevin Namatjira while he painted his family in Hermannsburg at the Cafe, at the Hermannsburg Precinct. I also painted Lenie Namatjira, my aunty teaching her grandchildren Carissa & Kiara Malthouse at Hermansburg how to paint in watercolours. I paint stories that I have been told or that I see in pictures from the old days. For instance, how water was sourced from the creek, Western Arrarnta people were getting water for their families in buckets. I paint people & children from the community painting out bush near the Finke River. I always paint my country in the background, being the West MacDonnell ranges and Mt Hermannsburg.
Special Projects and prizes:
2016 Cicada Press print workshop with Tony Albert, UNSW, Sydney
2019 Burnie Print Prize 2019 (Shortlisted), Tasmania
2018 ACCA- Australian Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2018, Melbourne
2019 Tjina Nurna-ka, Pmarra Nurn-kanha, Itla Itla Nurn-kanha (Our family, our country, our legacy), Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA
2019 Pmarra Nurna-Kananhala untha-lapp-urma (Walking through country), Hazelhurst Art centre, Sydney, NSW.
2017 What if this photograph is by Albert Namatjira?, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide SA
2017 The extractive frontier: mining for art, Castlemaine, VIC
2016 Abducted!, Alcaston Gallery, VIC
2016 The Namatjira Story on Stage and on Country, 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW
2016 UNALIENABLE, Sullivan + Strumpf Gallery, Sydney, NSW
- 2018 Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), SA
- 2018 Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD
- 2016 National Gallery Victoria (NGV), VIC
- 2015, 2016 National Museum Australia (NMA), ACT
- 2019 Flinders University Art Museum (FUMA), Adelaide SA