Albert Namatjira (1902-1959)

Albert Namatjira was the pioneer and founder of the Hermannsburg School as the first master painter. He also made it possible for young Arrernte men to join with him and have unprecedented careers.

Edwin Pareroultja

Edwin Pareroultja (1918-1986)

Edwin’s successful adoption of watercolour painting and his breakaway from Albert Namatjira’s popular true to nature style was pivotal in inspiring other Arrernte young men to become artists.

Enos Namatjira

Enos Namatjira (1920-1966)

As Albert Namatjira’s eldest son, Enos Namatjira was a founder and master of the Hermannsburg School, becoming an accomplished painter.

Walter Ebatarinja

Walter Ebatarinja (1915-1968)

Walter Ebatarinja asserted his personal independence and tribal identity through his painting career from the early 1950s.

Otto Pareroultja

Otto Pareroultja (1914-1973)

Otto’s paintings exude a high sense otherness, the other world of his tribal relationship to his totemic countries.

Reuben Pareroultja

Reuben Pareroultja (1916-1984)

Reuben was a founder of the Hermannsburg School and is notable for his distinctive, sensitive and smoothly detailed style.

Oscar Namatjira

Oscar Namatjira (1922-1991)

Oscar Namatjira developed his own stylised approach, influenced mainly by his father Albert, in the 1950s.

Henoch Raberaba

Henoch Raberaba (1914-1975)

Henoch Raberaba started to paint in 1946 under the guidance of his friend and tribal relative Albert Namatjira.

Richard Moketarinja

Richard Moketarinja (1918-1983)

Richard Moketarinja showed the visual and cultural attributes of his country by experimenting in his compositional approaches. continued…

Ewald Namatjira

Ewald Namatjira (1915-1984)

As the third of Albert Namatjira’s five sons, Ewald started to paint seriously in 1947 aged 17.

Adolf Inkamala

Adolf Inkamala (1914-1960)

Adolf had a dual career as both an artist and pastoralist, living both out west and at Hermannsburg.

Gerhard Inkamala

Gerhard Inkamala (1917-1977)

Gerhard Inkamala was a founder of the Hermannsburg School, producing some fine paintings.

Kenneth Entata

Kenneth Entata (1920-1966)

Kenneth Entata painted to convey visually something of his deep love of country.

Claude Panka

Claude Panka (1928-1972)

Claude Panka portrayed the totemic hills, as appearing to be floating gently on an ethereal and luminous plain.

Lindsay Imbarndarinja

Lindsay Imbarndarinja (1918- 1960s)

Lindsay Imbarndarinja’s elegant and stylised work was usually very different to that of Albert Namatjira.

Cordula Ebatarinja

Cordula Ebatarinja (1919-1973)

Cordula Ebatarinja was the only woman to have a career as a painter in the boom period of the Hermannsburg School.

Benjamin Landara

Benjamin Landara (1921-1985)

Benjamin Landara was painting in his own somewhat naïve and engaging style, when Albert demonstrated his own approach to composing.

Herbert Raberaba

Herbert Raberaba (1920-1980)

Herbert Raberaba was a superb artist of classical Hermannsburg School style paintings from the 1950s to the late 1970s.

Clifford Inkamala

Clifford Inkamala (1927-1981)

Although painting was not his main career, Clifford created some capable interpretations of his country.

Clem Abbott

Clem Abbott (1939-1989)

Clem Abbott created idealised scenes of very steadfast rocky cliffs standing on glowing country.

Keith Namatjira

Keith Namatjira (1937-1977)

Keith was exposed intimately to the extremes of his father’s fame and honour in his formative teen years.

Maurice Namatjira

Maurice Namatjira (1939-1979)

The youngest son of Albert Namatjira, Maurice Namatjira created a delicate and decorative body of paintings.

Gabriel Namatjira

Gabriel Namatjira (1942-1969)

The three paintings by Gabriel in the author’s collection show him to have been very talented in his tragically short life.

Arnulf Ebatrinja

Arnulf Ebatarinja (1931-1998)

Arnulf Ebatarinja patiently portrayed the experience of being in his vibrant country.

Basel Rantji

Basel Rantji (1936-1999)

Basel Rantji created loving interpretations of his country and was active in the 1960s and 1970s.

Norman Ratara

Norman Ratara (1935-1999)

Norman Ratara painted scenes of gentle dynamic grandeur, portraying a country running on ‘forever’ in his panoramic compositions.

Athanasius Renkaraka

Athanasius Titus Renkaraka (1944-1989)

Athanasius Titus Renkaraka was a talented artist who painted a country with the totemic hills appearing to move gently.

Ivan Panka

Ivan Panka (b1943)

Ivan Panka developed his own stylised nature based patterning in which negative spaces in the sky were part of the composition.

Joshua Ebatarinja

Joshua Ebatarinja (1940-1973)

Joshua Ebatarinja, had a short career, producing some of the most lyrical paintings of the Hermannsburg School.

Lindberg Inkamala

Lindberg Inkamala (1942-1980)

Lindberg appears to have started painting seriously around 1962 and he painted until at least 1977.


Wenten Rubuntja

Wenten Rubuntja (1926-2005)

Wenten started to paint seriously in Alice Springs in 1960 after Albert Namatjira died in 1959.

Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa (1926-1989)

Kaapa became the visionary founding leader of the transforming Western Desert art movement.

Trevor Pareroultja

Trevor Pareroultja (1941-1983)

Although he was not a prolific painter, Trevor Pareroultja was very talented, exuberant and expressive.

Jillian Namatjira

Jillian Namatjira (1949-1991)

Jillian Namatjira’s passionate paintings expressed a joy of life, despite pain, sharing her feelings through painting.