Hilary Wirri Japaltjarri

Hilary Wirri Japaltjarri

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DOB: 20 Sept 1956
Born: Raggeds Well, Papunya, NT

Hilary is one of the 'Hermannsburg School' style watercolour artists, who paint in the tradition of their relative Albert Namatjira, arguably one of Australia's most famous artists of the 20th century.

As a child Hilary and his siblings spent much of their time watching Hermannsburg School artists such as Keith Namatjira (Albert's son) as they painted. Hilary began to paint in the 1980's and has become an established watercolourist whose works are displayed in many private collections.

The subjects of his paintings are the landscapes and important sites around his homelands including the MacDonnell Ranges. Many dreaming stories are attached to these beautiful ranges, particularly around Alice Springs.

Copyright Kate Owen Gallery March 2021


  • Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Hermannsburg Then and Now, Coo-ee Art Gallery, Redfern
2019 Tjina Nurna-ka, Pmarra Nurn-kanha, Itla Itla Nurn-kanha (Our family, our country, our legacy), Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
2019 Pmarra Nurna-Kananhala untha-lapp-urma (Walking through country), Hazelhurst Art Centre, Sydney
2015 Hermannsburg Horizons, Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2014 The Men Artists of the Hermannsburg School of Art, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs
2013 The Namatjira Legacy, Tali Gallery, Sydney
2012 Damian Minton Gallery, Sydney
2012 The Lockup, Newcastle
2012 Art Mob, Launceston
2012 Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston
2012 Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
2012 Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs
2012 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
2012 Regional Art Gallery, Burnie
2009 Beyond Batterby, Recent Watercolour by Central Australian Artists, Hobart
2009 The Watercolourists of Central Australia, Indigenart, Melbourne
2009 Desert Mob Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2009 Real to Surreal, Scenes from the Centre: Journey with the New Generation of Hermannsburg Watercolour Artists, Tandanya, Adelaide