Gerhard Inkamala was a founder of the Hermannsburg School. He produced some fine paintings although he was not a prolific artist.
Gerhard appears to have started to paint soon after his older brother Adolf in 1947. Gerhard was quite experimental in his approach. The first paintings have ‘steadfast’ trees similar to Adolf’s steadfast trees. The later The Triumvirate, est 1959-62, has three trees which have evolved to frame the scene in a curved/steadfast stature. Gerhard’s trees seem to impart some drama, in contrast to the scenes without large trees, which seem more sensitive and subtle.
Gerhard and Adolf were included in a group exhibition at Tmara Mara Gallery in the Alice Springs home of Rex and Bernice Battarbee in 1951.
Gerhard Inkamala was born at Hermannsburg on 2.6.1917 and was the son of Reinhold and Clara Inkamala. Gerhard’s artist brothers were Adolf (27.12.1914 to 15.6.1960), and Clifford (26.9.1927 to 25.5.1982) and were also born at Hermannsburg. They were Western Aranda (Arrernte), Subsection (Skin) Mpetyane.
Gerhard married Avis, a Loritja woman from near Papunya, and as at 1957 they had five children. Their son Lindberg Inkamala (20.9.1942 to 16.12.1980) became a well known artist. Lindberg was also born at Hermannsburg. Their daughter Clara Ngala Inkamala, born 1954, became a prominent Hermannsburg potter.
The small sample of youngest brother Clifford’s paintings show a strong rhythmic quality, including the painting of the three emus. Of the four watercolour artists, Lindberg’s paintings showed the most animate qualities of trees and country.