Mervyn Rubuntja

Skin name: Japanangka
Language: Arrernte
Date of birth: 1958-02-09
From: Alice Springs

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East MacDonnell Ranges, NT

by Mervyn Rubuntja

$1,240.00

East MacDonnell Ranges, NT by Mervyn RubuntjaNew

East MacDonnell Ranges

by Mervyn Rubuntja

$1,240.00

East MacDonnell Ranges by Mervyn Rubuntja

West MacDonnell Ranges, NT, Black Hair.

by Mervyn Rubuntja

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West MacDonnell Ranges, NT, Black Hair. by Mervyn Rubuntja

West MacDonnell Ranges looking from Flynn’s Grave, NT

by Mervyn Rubuntja

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West MacDonnell Ranges looking from Flynn's Grave, NT by Mervyn Rubuntja

Palm Valley

by Mervyn Rubuntja

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Palm Valley by Mervyn Rubuntja

Near West MacDonnell Ranges

by Mervyn Rubuntja

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Near West MacDonnell Ranges by Mervyn Rubuntja

Mount Conner, NT.

by Mervyn Rubuntja

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Mount Conner, NT. by Mervyn Rubuntja

Mervyn was born at Telegraph Station in Alice Springs. His mother, Cynthia (Kamara) Obitja was a Western Arrernte woman. His father was the late Mr. Wenten Rubuntja Pengarte, a famous painter. 

His father has been an important role model for Mervyn. He was a senior lawman and and a respected member of his community. He fought for Aboriginal rights and protection of the land, working alongside the Central Land Council, and assisted in the Mabo agreement.

Mervyn has followed in his father’s footsteps and painting in the watercolour style that his father taught him. When Mervyn was 13 yrs old his family moved to Hermannsburg. This is where he first saw watercolour paintings as he watched his uncles Maurice, Oscar and Keith Namatjira painting like their father Albert. Arnulf Ebatarinja, another uncle, kindled Mervyn’s painting talent when he gave him some watercolour paperboard and taught him to paint.

Mervyn’s family moved back to Alice Springs again in 1975 and he began to paint with Basil Rantji, who taught him how to mix colours. 

Mervyn lives at Larapinta town camp where he paints at the Learning Centre. He also paints for Ngurratjuta Many Hands. Mervyn has sold his paintings at the Papunya Tula Gallery and the Arunta Book shop in Alice Springs and was exhibited in the 2008 NATSIA Awards in Darwin. In 2006 Mervyn was invited to submit a painting for the “Mornington Peninsular Works on Paper” exhibition and in 2013 he was invited to participate in the seminar “Presences in the Art of Rex Battarbee & Albert Namatjira” at the State Library of NSW.

Exhibitions:

  • 2004 Central Advocate Award, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2005 Desert Mob Exhibition, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2006 “Hermannsburg School of Art” Water colour exhibition, Araluen Galleries, NT
  • 2006 Desert Mob Exhibition, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2007 Shifting Ground Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2007 24th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of NT
  • 2007 Desert Mob Exhibition, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2008 The Namatjira circle-landscapes of Central Australia, Birrung Gallery, Sydney NSW
  • 2008 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2008 25th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Award, Museum and Art Gallery of NT
  • 2009 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs 
  • 2009 Real to Surreal, Scenes from the Centre: Journey with the new Generation of Hermannsburg Watercolour artists, Tandanya Adelaide, SA
  • 2009 Beyond Batterby, Recent Watercolour by Central Australian Artists, Hobart Tasmania
  • 2009 The Watercolourists of Central Australia, Indigenart, Melbourne Vic
  • 2011 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne VIC
  • 2011 Chapman Gallery, Canberra
  • 2012 Damian Minton Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2012 The Lockup, Newcastle, NSW
  • 2012 Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, TAS
  • 2012 Art Mob, Launceston, TAS
  • 2012 Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
  • 2012 Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC
  • 2012 Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
  • 2012 Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2012 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, NT Collections: Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT Ian Viner QC Museum and Art Gallery of NT
  • 2013 The Namatjira Legacy, Tali Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2013 Customs House Library, NAIDOC week 2013, in collaboration with the City of Sydney and Tali Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Collections and Awards:

  • Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • Ian Viner QC, WA
  • Museum and Art Gallery of NT
  • Finalist at the 2008 Telstra Awards
  • 2006 “Mornington Peninsular Works on Paper“ Exhibition
  • 2004 Central Advocate Award, Alice Springs

Symposiums:

  • Speaker at “Haunted Landscapes: Presences in the art of Albert Namatjira & Rex Battarbee”. A public symposium presented by the Writing & Society. The State library, Sydney, NSW, 2013