Ivy Pareroultja

Ivy Pareroultja

Skin name: Napaljarri
Language: Luritja, Western Arrarnta
Date of birth: 1952-10-12
From: Hermannsburg
Community: Alice Springs : NT
Outstation: Alice Springs




Ivy was born at Hermannsburg in 1952, the daughter of well-known watercolour artist Edwin Pareroultja. Ivy’s father and his two brothers Reuben and Otto were part of the original Hermannsburg Watercolour movement and were all skilled watercolour artists. As a young woman, Ivy learnt to paint in this style and developed a gift for watercolour landscapes.
Ivy moved to Alice Springs in 1994 and continues to paint in the tradition of her father and uncles. Her work uses bold colours successfully creating emotive depictions of the Central Desert landscape.
Ivy’s work is extremely popular and has been acquired by institutions such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.


• 1989 Museum of Victoria
• 2003 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs
• 2004 Advocate Central Australian Award NT
• 2006 Hermannsburg School of Art – Watercolour Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs
• 2007 Advocate Art Award, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs
• 2008 Indigenart, Subiaco WA
• 2008 The Namatjira circle-landscapes of Central Australia, Birrung Gallery, Sydney
• 2009 Art Gallery of NSW
• 2009 Telstra Art Awards, Darwin
• 2009 Real to Surreal, Scenes from the Centre: Journey with the new Generation of Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists, Tandanya Adelaide
• 2009 Beyond Batterby, Recent Watercolour by Central Australian Artists, Hobart
• 2009 The Watercolourists of Central Australia, Indigenart, Melbourne
• 2010 The Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne
• 2010 World Vision, Sydney
• 2010 Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
• 2011 The University Gallery, Newcastle
• 2011 Chapman Gallery, Canberra
• 2011 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne  
• 2012 Damian Minton Gallery, Sydney, NSW
• 2012 Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, TAS
• 2012 Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
• 2012 Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC
• 2012 Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
• 2012 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, NT
• 2013 Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
• 2013 Contemporary Aboriginal Art From Australia, Château de l’Etang, Paris
• 2013 Living Watercolours, Southbank Centre, London
• 2014 Five Generations: The Strength of Namatjira’s Legacy, Araluen Galleries, NT
• 2014 RightNow, Boomalli, Sydney, NSW
• 2014 Regeneration, Metropolic Gallery, Geelong, VIC
• 2014 Women Artists of the Hermannsburg School of Art, The Residency, Alice Springs, NT
• 2014 Namatjira to Now, The Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
• 2014 Country in Colour, AIATSIS, Canberra, ACT
• 2015 Hermannsburg Horizons,Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
• 2015 A Hermannsburg Christmas, Redot Gallery, Singapore
• 2015 Kinship, In the footsteps of Namatjira, Moree, NSW
• 2016 Abducted! Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC2017 ArtGeo Complex Exhibition, Busselton, WA
• 2017 Pmara Nurnakanha Parta-Kurta, Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
• 2017 What if this photograph is by Albert Namatjira? TARNANTHI, Art Gallery of SA (AGSA), Adelaide, SA
• 2017 The Namatjira Project Auction, Art Gallery of SA (AGSA), Adelaide, SA

 Projects and Prizes:

• 2011 – 2014 The Namatjira Play, Big hArt production
• 2014 Public Art, Mural at the Alice Plaza, Alice Springs
• 2014 31st Telstra Prize, Knara Nunaka Tjurretja – Our Big Country: The West MacDonnell Ranges, Highly commended
• 2014 Featured artist, Dobell Art Prize, Art Gallery of NSW
• 2015 Tjukurpa Diary’s Cover, IAD Press

•  2016 Parrtjima, Festival of Light, Alice Springs (Ground projection)

• Featured artist at the Enough is Enough drink drive campaign, MACC

Group exhibitions

  • 2019
    Tjina Nurna-ka, Pmarra Nurn-kanha, Itla Itla Nurn-kanha (Our family, our country, our legacy), Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA


  • 2011 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • 2012 Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
  • Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • Museum & Art Gallery of NT, Darwin
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • 2014 Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
  • 2017 Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD