Alice Nampitjinpa is a senior Pintupi artist and active ‘dancing woman’ who travels Australia to participate in traditional Aboriginal ceremonies and ‘Womens Law’meetings.
She was born in 1943, near Talaalpi, a swamp located to the east of Walungurru on the Western Australian border. She paints using bright oranges and yellows inspired by the tradition ochres that have been used by Indigenous Australians for ceremonial body painting over thousands of years. Her colourful abstractions represent the sandhills and swamplands of her country.
Alice began painting in 1995 on the ‘Minyama Tjukurrpa’, the Kintore Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project. Before taking up painting she worked at the Kintore School teaching young girls dancing and the traditions of the desert people. As a painter she is inspired by her rich cultural heritage, and thrives when involved with her stories and lore.