BORN circa 1948
REGION Yumara, North of Docker River, Western Australia.
LANGUAGE Pintupi / Ngaatjatjarra
Esther Giles Nampitjinpa grew up in the desert living a nomadic lifestyle with her tribe. After the death of her younger brother, her family moved to the then newly established government settlement of Papunya. Esther has since returned to live in her country with family members. Like her sister Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa, Esther was known for her skill as a traditional basket weaver before becoming recognised for her exceptional painting skills.
Esther’s artworks represent the traditional homelands associated with her tribe’s ancestral heritage, depicting sand dunes known as ‘tali’ and rock escarpments known as ‘puli’, as well as waterholes and food sources. Her designs are often used in body art during traditional corroborees. Through her painting, Esther describes the physical markings that the ancient ancestors provided to give evidence of their activities during the time of creation.
The concentric circles often depicted in Esther’s paintings are a series of waterholes located near her homeland. The lines connecting each of the symbols refer to ancestral pathways that were established during Tjukurrpa. Body painting is an important part of ceremonial practice and bears direct relationship to these pathways or ‘song-lines’.
In the years that Esther has been painting she has gained worldwide recognition, participating in many national and international solo and group exhibitions. Her works are represented in private and public collections in Australia, Europe and the USA.
Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery cordially invite you to join us and Esther to unveil her Solo Exhibition at our new TVH Gallery in Mosman.