Ivan PANKA - West MacDonnell Ranges
Ivan PANKA - West MacDonnell Ranges
Ivan PANKA - West MacDonnell Ranges

Ivan PANKA - West MacDonnell Ranges

1998, Twin landscape, ADG:2322

ADG: 2322


West MacDonnell Ranges, 1998

Twin landscape, Watercolour on paper (archival artists board)


Ivan Panka - Biography

1943 - 1999

Language Luritja

Region Western Desert, Central Desert

Community Hermannsburg, Northern Territory

Subjects Central desert landscapes, Hermannsburg region, MacDonnell Ranges, ghost gum trees and witchetty trees.

Ivan Panka grew up at Hermannsburg a Lutheran Mission settlement west of Alice Springs in Central Australia. He attended school in Hermannsburg and was initiated into manhood according to Western Arrente traditional tribal law. Ivan was inspired by the work of his uncle, famous artist Albert Namatjira and his children who were also talented artists.

Ivan’s paintings capture the vivid, changing colours of the MacDonnell Ranges and beauty of the central desert landscape


Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA

Group exhibitions

1991, The Heritage of Namatjira at Flinders, Flinders University Art Museum, Bedford Park, South Australia.;

1993, Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2005, The Mystery of Forgetting, Flinders University City Gallery, Adelaide, SA


Green, J. 1988, Pmere: Country in Mind, Arrernte Landscape Painters, Tangentyere Council, Alice Springs.

Green, J., 1990, 'Country in mind,' Special Double Issue Artlink 10(1&2), 18.

Hardy, J., Megaw, J.V.S. and Megaw, M.R. (eds), 1992, The Heritage of Namatjira - the Watercolourists of Central Australia, William Heinemann, Australia.

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