Iltja Ntjarra has a special focus on supporting the Hermannsburg School style watercolour artists, who continue to paint in the tradition of their grandfather and relative, Albert Namatjira.

Namatjira is arguably one of Australia’s most famous artists of the 20th century. He taught his children to follow his unique style and this knowledge has now been passed on to subsequent generations, resulting in a legacy of watercolour artists in the Central Desert region. By continuing Albert Namatjira’s legacy, these artists sustain an important piece of living history.

Featured artist Gloria Pannka of Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre. Image courtesy of Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre

Featured Artists: Gloria Pannka

Gloria Pannka is a senior Western Arrernte woman who lives in Thakaperte, near Hamilton Downs, west of Alice Springs.
She is a second generation Hermannsburg School watercolour artist, as her father Claude Pannka was one of the original Hermannsburg School artists. Gloria’s father taught her to paint with watercolours when she was a young girl, and she continues to paint in the style that typifies the Hermannsburg School tradition.