Molly Miller


Birth Date: 1948
Birth Place: Papulankutja
Languages: Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara
Community: Kalka, SA

Molly Nampitjin Miller was born ‘a bush baby’, circa 1948 at Wakapulkatjara. She moved to Warburton Mission when she was a girl, living in a dormitory with a group of other girls while the rest of her family stayed in the nearby camp. Later she married and moved with her husband to Amata, where she had five children. Molly is a strong presence as co-founding director for Ninuku Arts, as well as a respected elder within the Kalka community. She comes from a strong artistic family; her sisters are Dr Pantjiti Mary McLean and Elaine Lane from Blackstone and her brother is fellow Ninuku artist, Jimmy Donegan (Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Winner, 2010). Molly uses traditional iconography to create her depictions of both sacred sites and the places where she spent time as a child. She paints in a considered manner, placing the dots on her canvas with precision and a steady hand. Molly works in layers, open creating colour shifts by dipping her brush or stick into two paint pots before touching the surface. This adds depth and perspective to her compositions and calmly and peacefully invites the viewer into her painting.

 

Group Exhibitions

2019

  • Aboriginal Signature Gallery, Brussels Belgium -A la sélection des œuvres dans le Great Sandy Desert Australien
  • Tarnanthi: Adelaide College of the Arts, Adelaide -The Aralya Project
  • Aruluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT -Desert Mob

2018

  • Aboriginal Signature Gallery, Brussels Belgium -Hold our connection to country strong for malatja-malatja (future generations)
  • Aruluen Art Centre, Alice Springs -Desert Mob
  • Short St. Gallery -Jimmy Donegan and Ninuku Artists

2016

  • Redot Gallery, Singapore -Ninuku Tjuta
  • Alice Springs -Desart Mob, Araluen
  • 1. - 24. July 2016 -Kala ngura ngayuku Colours of my home/country

2015

  • Redot Gallery, Singapore -Ninuku Tjuta
  • Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs -Desert Mob
  • Aruluen, Alice Springs -Desert Mob

2014

  • Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide -Our Mob
  • Ninuku Womens Show, Tunebridge Gallery, Perth

2013

  • Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  • Ninuku Group Show,Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2012

  • One Song, Different Tune, Short Street Gallery, Broome
  • Nganampa Ngura, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
  • Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Ancient Land: New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, New York
  • Kulina Inma: Listen to Song, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River
  • INMA Our Ceremony, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
  • APY Lands Emerging Exhibition, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs

2011 

  • Wati Ngintaka Tjukurpa - Yangi Yangi Fox and Ninuku Arts, Short Street Gallery, Broome
  • The Western APY Lands, Art Kelch Touring Exhibition, Germany
  • The Shared Language of Paint, Exhibition of works from Ildiko Kovacs Residency, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
  • Ngura Wirukanyanku - This is a beautiful place, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
  • Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond, Adelaide
  • Desert Mob 2011, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs

2010 -Women and Colour, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2010 -Warka Kuwari Walkatjunanyi: New Paintings by the Artists of Ninuku, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2010 -Kulunypa Tjuta Paintamilani: Lots of Small Paintings, Short Street Gallery (as part of CIAF), Boland Centre, Cairns

2010 -Desert Mob 2010, Araluen, Alice Springs
2009 -Ninuku Artists Ngintaka Tjukurpa: Perentie Lizard Dreaming, Alcaston Gallery
2009 -Alwarawara: Side By Side; Artists from Ninuku Arts, Tjungu Palya and Tjala Arts; Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2008 -Ninuku Tjukurpa - Bilby Dreaming, Ninuku Arts Group Show, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2008 -Ninuku Arts Inaugral Sydney Show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2008 -Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2008 -Darlings of the Desert, PuƟpul Gallery, Noosa
2008 -Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2007 -Skin on Skin, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra
2007 -Community in Focus, Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth
2007 -APY Lands show, Australia Dreaming Art Gallery, Melbourne
2004 -The Womens Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

Bibliography
2009 Dr Ross Moore, ‘Ninuku Artists: Perentie Lizard Dreaming’, Australian Aboriginal Art, Issue 2 June 2009.
2011 Emily McCulloch Childs Blog, Desert Mob 2011, September 2011
2011 'Shared Language of Paint' editorial and image, Art Monthly, Issue 240, June 
2011 Jane O'Sullivan, 'Artists from the APY Lands travel to Germany' Australian Art Collector, April 2011
2011 Western APY exhibition catalogue, Art Kelch, Germany
2011 Artlink Indigenous Issue, Western APY Lands 'Boutique' Art to Europe, Volume 31 June 2011
2011 Exhibition Invitation cover, Ngura Wirukanyanku, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2012 PRI's The World (News Program), Vibrant Aboriginal Art Exhibit Gives Power To Indigenous Australians by Marlon Bishop, July 4 2012
2012 NAISA, Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Art Show in New York City by Willie Brown, Saturday May 19 2012
2012 Nganampa Ngura Catalogue, Essay by Claire Eltringham, May 2012
2012 Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Aboriginal Art in Amercia, Again (Summer 2012), June 24
2012 Sun Valley Property News, Art Scene, Harvey Art Projects Goes Coast to Coast, May 2012
2012 Roads Cross, Contemporary Directions in Australia Art, Introduction by Fiona Salmon & Vivonne Thwaites, Flinders University Press, June 2012
2012 Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Catalogue Essay by Nici Cumpston (AGSA), May 2012
2012 artinasia.com, Nganampa Ngura (Our Place)- Senior men and women's paintings about their home country, ReDot Gallery 14 April 2012
2012 Canberra Times, Black, White and Beautiful by Sasha Grishin, February 27 2012
2012 Australian Consulate General (USA), Feature, June 2012
2012 APY Art Bites into the Big Apple, Feature by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Saturday June 30 2012
2012 Kluge-Ruhe, Aboriginal Art Collection of University of Virginia, News Piece, May 2012
2012 Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Ancestral Modern in Seattle and Ninuku in New York, May 27
2012 Angloinfo, Art and Exhibitions in Singapore, Singapore Event: 'Nganampa Ngura' (Our Place), 26 April 2012

Collections
ART BANK COLLECTION
FLINDERS UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM
PETER KLEIN COLLECTION, GERMANY
THE MERENDA COLLECTION
 

Featured Works

WAKAPULKATJARA, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
91 x 91 cm

WAKAPULKATJARA2019

Acrylic on linen

122 x 91 cm