Skin Name: Nampijinpa/
Region: Yuelamu, Central Australia
Dreaming: Emu, Fire, Women’s Ceremony
Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa was born around 1959 in the bush at Mt Allan cattle station near Yuendumu, about 300 kms north of Alice Springs.
Maureen Hudson is a Warlpiri woman . She began painting in 1988. Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa’s paintings draw on traditional Warlpiri Dreaming stories, and incorporate her own distinctive sense of colour and innovation of design. Her painting’s originate from Warlukulongu – her father’s and grandfather’s country.
Maureen’s father passed away in 1972 when Maureen was 12 years old. Her mother went on to re-marry Peter Brown Jungala and had another five children. Maureen was educated at Yuendumu Settlement and later returned to Mt. Allen and worked as a teacher’s aid for three years.
Maureen now has four children of her own, Michael, Jillian, Gwenda and Anderson Turner, she encouraged her two daughters Jillian and Gwenda in her footsteps. Her dreaming’s include emu, fire, and women’s ceremonies, which have been passed down from her mother’s involvement in traditional ceremony. Maureen has been an Artist in Residence at the Mulgara Gallery in Yulara (Uluru- Ayers Rock) 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.
Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson is very family orientated, and enjoys sitting and painting with her children.
Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa resides in Adelaide but frequently visits family and friends in Mount Allan and Alice Springs. In recent years Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa has been working as an Artist in Residence at Yulara (Uluru) for four week periods.
2004 November – The Art of Maureen Nampitjinpa, Ladner and Fell Gallery, Melbourne
2004 August – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
2004 Feb – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
2003 August – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
2003 Feb – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
2002 Nov – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
2002 Sept – “Maureen Nampitjinpa” – held at Tineriba Gallery, Hahndorf, S.A.
2002 Jan – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
2001 July – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
2000 Nov – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
2000 July – “Selected works by Maureen Nampitjinpa and Lorna Napurrula” Art Lounge, Adelaide, S.A.
1999 May – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
1999 Jan – Featured artist with State Transport Authority, Adelaide S.A.
1998 Oct – Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort, N.T.
1998 May – “Songlines” Boulder, Colorado USA
1997 Oct – “Women Dreaming” Gallery 47 London UK
1997 Oct – “Selected works by Eunice Napangardi and Maureen Hudson” Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle, U.S.A.
1997 March – “Desert Dreams” held at the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA.
1995 June – “Dreamings of the Desert” held at Uluru Gallery, Ayers Rock, NT
1994 Sept – An exhibition was held at a regional Winery/Gallery in Mt Aitkin in Victoria
1994 April – “Dreamings” held at Tribal Art Gallery, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria. This was a joint exhibition of Maureen Hudson and Clifford Possum paintings.
1993 Sept – “Commitments” held at the Museum of Modern Art in Brisbane Qld.
1992 August – Sand Paintings of the Central Desert held at the Centre for Aboriginal Art in Alice.
1992 May – “Central Australian Art” held at the Art Dock in Noumea
2006 Represented Australia in an expo of Indigenous artists from around the world.- Myer Centre, Adelaide, S.A.
Adelaide Festival of Arts – commissioned Maureen to produce a large panel for the 2004 Festival.
Artwork chosen for wine labels – N.S.W. Royalties paid
Artwork chosen to feature on Aboriginal Health Posters and Pamphlets – Adelaide, S.A.
Artwork replicated on pure wool art rugs – Western Australia
Balarinji using 6 designs to produce place mats, jewellery, coasters and umbrellas.
Features on cover of inaugural Indigenous Arts Book “Kultcha Now”
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