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Artist Profile

Elizabeth Gordon

Born
18th November 1954

Location
Old Balgo

Skin
Napaltjarri

Language
Kukatja and English

Biography

Elizabeth Gordon is a dedicated and tireless painter who was the first of the Balgo artists to have a solo show.  She comes from a respected painting family: her mother is Ningie Nanala and her stepfather is Tjumpo Tjapanangka (deceased). Elizabeth appears to have developed some of her repertoire of stylistic sensibilities, for example her interest in fields of contrasting textural qualities, from painting with her mother. Her stepfather and his friend Dominic Martin were also active in teaching Elizabeth about their country and giving her permission to paint some of their sites.  

Elizabeth was born at the old Balgo Mission and attended school there, and recalls moving to the current location of Balgo on the back of a truck.

As a young woman Elizabeth cared for the old people at the new Mission alongside the senior law woman Tjemma Napanangka (deceased). She has a large family, which includes three sons, two daughters and two grandsons.