Liddy Nelson Nakamarra began painting in 1986. Using large, expressive , iconographic forms in bright colours, she depicts subjects from her Dreamings, such as small snake, yam dreaming and bush grapes. Her works express an unrestrained quality that is typical of the style of artists from her community in Lajamanu, in the south-west of the Northern Territory. Her brother is the artist Michael Nelson Jagamarra Nelson.
Christine Nicholls, Senior Lecturer, Flinders University
Christine Nicholls is the author of ‘Yilpinji, Love Art & Ceremony’ which features Liddy Nelson’s print ‘First Love’
Subject & Themes
Small snake, Bush grapes, Bush potato
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1990 Lajamanu Dreamings, Technical and Further Education College, Darwin, NT.
1990 Paint Up Big: Warlpiri Women’s Art of Lajamanu, National Gallery of Victoria.
1991 Lajamanu Dreamings 2, Technical and Further Education College, Darwin, NT.
1991 Yapa, Peintres Aborigenes de Balgo et Lajamanu, Baudoin Lebon Gallery, Paris.
Glowczewski, B., 1991, Yapa, Peintres Aborigenes de Balgo et Lajamanu, Lebon Gallery, Paris. Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales.
Nicholls, CJ, 2003, Love Art & Ceremony, Craftsman House, Melbourne Victoria