Country: Hermannsburg, Central Australia
Lenie Namatjira's name carries an iconic connection to Australian culture and arts. Lenie was Albert Namatjira’s granddaughter, her Father Oscar drove a truck for Albert Namatjira driving him and his supplies to different locations. Ms Namatjira said her grandfather taught her how to paint when the family would gather around to watch him work. "When I was about nine years old we sat down with the old man and learnt from him," "He used to read the Old Testament and bless the painting before he'd paint" she said. Lenie became a skilled painter in her own right. Lenie was one of ten children, they were raised in Hermannsburg and Lenie paints in the tradition of her Father and Grandfather. She paints watercolours of her country that she was custodian of lands around the West McDonnell Ranges. Many of her paintings are drawn from childhood memories of her country. Lenie was also known by her married name ‘Lankin’ and in the past has spelt her name Lennie, with a double ‘n’. Lenie passed away in October 2017.
Artworks by Lenie Namatjira
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