Warlpiri artist Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa draws on a broad collection of traditional stories to create the diverse range of styles and motifs that we see in her paintings. Her images of the Water Dreaming site at Mikantji show the creeks and waterways that the Ancestor Rainmaker created when he unleashed a giant storm. The repeated patterns of waterholes spread across the canvas as though it was a vast tract of land.
Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa also paints designs associated with women’s ceremonies, including ochre body paint designs applied to the dancer’s bodies and the ritual sweeping of the Ceremonial grounds. These paintings relate to the Women’s ceremonies around Mt Allan, the artists birth place.
Other subjects painted by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa include Tali or sandhill designs and images under the title of My Country, depicting the iconic features of the artist’s desert country homelands. Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa is recognised for her subtle skills in creating the desert landscape as it is formed and changed by the elements, capturing the rhythm and vastness of the Central Australian country. Aboriginal art status – Established artist.
1992 Central Australian Art, The Art Dock, Noumea
1992 Sand Paintings of the Central Desert The Centre for Aboriginal Art, Alice Springs NT
1993 Commitments, Museum of Modern Art in Brisbane QLD
1994 Dreamings, Tribal Art Gallery, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Maureen Hudson and Clifford Possum
1994 Winery/Gallery in Mt Aitkin in Victoria
1995 Dreamings of the Desert, Uluru Gallery, Ayers Rock NT.
1997 Desert Dreams, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide SA.
1997 Selected works by Eunice Napangardi and Maureen Hudson, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle USA
1997 Women Dreaming, Gallery 47, London UK
1998 Songlines, Boulder, Colorado USA
1998 Featured Artist, State Transport Authority, Adelaide SA
1999 Artist in residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort NT
2000 Selected Works by Maureen Nampijinpa , Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort NT
2002 Maureen Nampijinpa, Tineriba Gallery, Hahndorf SA
2004 Artist in Residence – Mulgara Gallery, Ayers Rock Resort NT
2004 The Art of Maureen Nampijinpa, Ladner & Fell Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2005 Maureen Nampijinpa Hudson, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2005 Across Skin – Women Artists of the Western Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2006 Towards Black and White, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2007 Maureen Namijinpa Hudson, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012 Recent Works, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2014 Desert Song, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2015 Sixteen Artists – 16 x 2, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA