established Australian artist, see
on page 171
Aboriginal Artists dictionary of biographies.
Lynette Nampijinpa Granites
was born in 1945 at Mt Doreen cattle breeding Station about
55 km west of
and an Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice
Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia.
When Lynette was a little
girl she grew up and was educated at the Baptist Mission in
Lynette married her first ‘promised’ husband and had two
In 1973 with an extensive
Health training Lynette began working at the Yuendumu Health
Centre. Her Health worker job took her to Darwin, Alice
Springs and Adelaide where she attended workshops and
Later Lynette Granites
married her second husband
Harry Jakamarra Nelson, a
well-known Australian artist,
a Warlpiri elder,
the 80's Lynette Granites
painting career for the
she has been
producing some of the finest works of art.
is an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located
producing gloriously coloured artworks supporting the
Aboriginal community of
Warlukurlangu Artists is one of the longest running and most
successful Aboriginal-owned art centre in Central Australia.
paints her father’s and grandfather’s Jukurrpa Dreamings
which relate directly to her land, its features and the
plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were told
to her by her sisters, particularly her big sister.
sisters are gone now but they taught me to paint, they told
me my stories. What I like about painting is the Dreamings”.
Lynette Granites work
has a national and
international profile and its art has been featured in
hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and
around the world.
‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is
named after a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu.
the viewer, the
seem to move with the viewer’s eye as
the artist is able to
an illusion of multi-dimensional space and depth.
powerful, boasting the physical presence of the much
contemporary work of art.
recognized for bold use
of color, attention to
shades of colours.
has a distinctive linear
rare energy which is infectious to the viewer and
contains a compelling visual
and spiritual power.
represented in Australian and international
Art Gallery of
New South Wales
Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory
Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence Italy
Meerzigt Zoetermeer Art
Centre Rotterdam, the Nerherlands
Soul Gallery Nashville, USA
Tennessee USA, Portland Art Museum
Shire Public Gallery
France, Germany, Denmark.
2000 the 5th Biennale de
pays particular attention to
her artworks are
skillfully painted with unrestrained beautiful colours.
quality artworks are painted
and subtle tones
seem to move with the viewer’s eyes.
In her top-quality artworks, Lynette
capture the multi-dimensional depth and space.
and yet characteristic to her
is a skilful painter
she creates expressive artworks,
experimenting the style, palette,
composition, subject and details.
work tell the story of
the artist connection to her country.
Flying Ants, Bush Seeds, and Water Dreamings using
her own creative depiction of the subject and the content with
paintings explore the unique
topography of her country,
landscape, the plants and animals that are found there and
the creation myths that occurred in the Dreamtime.
stories are still very relevant to the artists today.
Jukurrpa Dreaming is of significance. Pampardu
is the Aboriginal word
Flying ants and termites
that build large anthills earth mounds homes called
are widespread through Warlpiri country in central Australia
Flying Ant Dreaming
painting depicts Pampardu
Jukurrpa from Wapurtali West of
Using traditional iconography of the Jukurrpa Lynette
Granites Nampijinpa creates modern
The concentric circles
represent Mingkirri earth homes and Rock Holes implicated in
the painting story in the central one at
Dashes are often depicted around the circles to represent
the Pamapardu ants.
Flying Ants Dreaming depicts the airborne travels of
that travelled from the East through to
lands and then on to
Beings landed upon
solid ground for the last time west of Yuendumu, and through
travels created creeks before retreating to a cave as his
final resting place.
People sometimes use the
word Dreaming in place of Jukurrpa most commonly found in
Arnhem Land. Dreaming is an English word commonly used by
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike to describe
Aboriginal cosmology and the genesis of the World.
The Dreaming encompasses
the ancestral narratives about the supernatural and
and their epic deeds of creation.
The flying Ant is the
winged stage of the termite, commonly viewed as a
destructive force. However Watanuma of Flying Ants Dreaming
acknowledges the important role the insects play in the
ecology of country.
The painting depicts also
the travels of a large group of women to Pinari and Watanuma
rockholes, north-west of the Kintore Community. The women
camped at these sites singing the songs and performing the
dances associated with the area. Women
travel to Pinari and Watanuma rock-holes for
is a Central Australian Aboriginal term used to describe the
laws and protocols set by the Ancestral Beings who created
the Universe and the World.