Lot 61 

West 'McDonald's Ranges'

Noreen Hudson

Watercolour on fast food package
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About the Artist

Noreen is a western Arrarnta woman from the Hermannsburg Community. Noreen's grandmother was Albert Namatjira's sister. Her father was artist Gerhardt Inkamala and her brother was Linberg Inkamama. Her father used to paint the sunrise, sunset, kangaroos, and emus. Her family used to paint with Albert Namatjira. During school holidays Noreen and her family would travel to the little town of Alice Springs and play with their cousins Lenie Namatjira, Gloria Pannka and other Namatjira family members. The children used to watch the adults paint. Noreen also remembers white people coming to see Albert Namatjira and buying paintings off him.

 

Noreen's description of the artists in her family:

"Our Uncle is Adolf Inkamala, he was a watercolour artist. Vanessa Inkamala's (artist at Many Hands) father was Edmund Inkamala. Our young uncle was Russell Inkamala, Sophia Inkamala's (artist at Many Hands) father was Clifford Inkamala. They all were watercolour artists from the same mom & dad. They all learnt how to paint from their Uncle Albert."

Noreen is a senior potter and has enjoyed a prosperous career with the Hermannsburg Potters. Her artworks belong to many prominent collections such as the NGV collection in Victoria.

Noreen is an emerging watercolour artist and is improving her landscape painting skills as she paints alongside the Namatjira family at Many Hands art centre. Her sisters Clara Inkamala and Kathleen France also paint at the art centre sharing stories and ideas with her. 

About the Work

Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art centre, home to the "Namatjira watercolour artists", continues the tradition of the ‘Hermannsburg School’ movement.

The 'fast food' pieces came about through artists wanting to express their concerns about fast food through art. With this body of work, supported by the mentorship of leading Australian artist Tony Albert, the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Artists have juxtaposed their traditional watercolour style, and beautiful landscapes with powerful political and social statements.These are highly sought-after pieces, examples of which have been acquired by the National Museum of Australia. 

The artists say:

"We want to send strong messages through our art. We have health and housing concerns. Through our paintings we want to discuss care for country, and problems that we face daily. We are concerned about the future of our children. First, we feel that large food companies trade on our country and sell us sugary products. This causes health problems including diabetes, kidney failures, and the need for dialysis. We feel that those companies are lying to us about the quality of their products and taking advantage of our vulnerability. We would like to see better products in our shops. This [our artworks] is telling people we’ve got bush food out there and healthy ones. Second, we want to move back to our country, look after it and live in a good environment. This is for our kids; we’ve got to try to look after the next generation."

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