Glen Namundja

Glen Namundja

Skin name: Nakangila
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Yirridjdja
Clan: Kardbam
Date of birth: 1963-04-19
From: Mankorlod
Community: Oenpelli : NT


Artworks

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Biography

Glen Namundja is a passionate artist who draws on great cultural integrity for inspiration in his work. The depth of his artistic oeuvre reflects his confidence in creating intense compositions from his extensive cultural knowledge. These complex works are often densely populated with entwined figures and infilled with extensive rarrk (cross-hatching).
Namundja imbues his paintings with a potency that is compelling. His art is reflective of his character as an artist who will continually challenge himself. He first solo exhibition in Melbourne took place in 2008 and was a sell out show. His ‘Likkanaya and Marrayka’, was awarded the 2009 National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award in the Works on Paper category, and he has been a NATSIAA finalist several times. Glen’s innovative stylistic merging  of West Arnhem Land figurative painting with extensive rarrk is very much his own.
Glen Namundja comes from a long line of unique and talented artists. His father was artist Peter Maralwanga who was a key teacher for them when they were learning to paint as young men. Glen’s brothers are renowned artists Ivan Namirriki and Samuel Namundja. They all grew up together at Markolidjban outstation near the Liverpool River in West Arnhem Land.

Solo exhibitions

  • 2008 Lineal through Linear: Glen Namundja, Mossenson Gallery Melbourne VIC

Group exhibitions

  • 2015 Tarnanthi Contemporary Art festival, Tandanya,South Australia
  • 2015 Salon Des Refuses, Darwin Waterfront,Darwin
  • 2015 Dolobbo: Contemporary Bark Paintings from Injalak Arts, Aboriginal & Pacific Art, Sydney
  • 2014 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria
  • 2013 Wurrkabal, Netanya Resort, Noosa QLD
  • 2013 Injalak Arts Exhibition, Better World Arts, Port Adelaide
  • 2013 NATSIAA, MAGNT.Darwin
  • 2012 NATSIAA, MAGNT. Darwin
  • 2010 Israel Art Fair and Exhibition, Tel Aviv
  • 2009 NATSIAA, MAGNT, Darwin
  • 2009 Togart, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin
  • 2008 NATSIAA, NATISAA, Darwin
  • 2007 Natsiaa, Magnt, Darwin
  • 2007 The Injalak Hill Suite, Abiriginal & Pacific Art Gallery Danks St,Sydney
  • 2007 Works on Wood from Stone Country, Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2006 National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
  • 2006 Wet & Dry, Mossenson - Indigenart Gallery, Perth WA
  • 2006 Namundja Brothers, Bandigan Art, Sydney NSW
  • 2006 The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australia Museum Adelaide SA
  • 2006 2nd Peter Baillie Acquistive Art Award,, Flinders University ,Adelaide SA
  • 2005 Art from the Stone country, Dec, Darwin NT
  • 2005 Concord, Framed, Darwin NT
  • 1998 Meerzigt, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • 1998 The Hague Unites the Nations, The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1998 Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy
  • 1995 Savode Gallery, Brisbane QLD
  • 1994 Aboriginal & Tribal Art Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney NSW
  • 1994 Australian Heritage Commission A.T.S.I. Art Awards
  • 1994 The Ninth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
  • 1993 Editions, Southbank, Melbourne Vic

Collections

  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory,
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Toga Group, Darwin

Bibliography

  • Louise Hamby, 'Twined Together: Kunmadj njalehnjaleken', Injalak Arts and Crafts Association, 2005

Awards

  • Finalist, Works on Paper category Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2013
  • Finalist, Works on Paper category Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2012
  • Finalist, Work on Bark category,National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2011
  • Winner, Works on Bark category National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2010
  • Highly Commended, West Australian Premier’s Art Awards 2009 Finalist, Togart Contemporary Art Award (acquired), 2009
  • Winner, Works on Paper category National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2009
  • Finalist, Togart Contemporary Art Award (acquired), 2009
  • Finalist, Highly Commended and Acquired National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2008
  • Finalist, National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, 2007