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Aboriginal Watercolour artist Douglas Abbott

Douglas Abbott

Born: 1948

Language Group: Southern Arrernte (Aranda)/Pertame

Country: Hermannsburg (Ntaria), West of Alice Springs, Northern Territory; Idracowra, South of Alice Springs.

Medium: Watercolour on Board, Acrylic on Canvas

Subjects: Landscape, Spirits

Douglas is the son of Gordon Abbott and Joyleen (nee Breaden). He grew up with his family at Idracowra, Henbury, in an area south of Alice Springs.

Albert Namatjira was a great influence in his early childhood days. There is a relationship from Albert Namatjira and Doug's mother. Later when he started to paint, Clem Abbott gave Douglas much encouragement, but with the words 'find your own style'. Douglas paints landscapes of Central Australia with a focus on the western MacDonnell ranges.

Douglas was part of the Pmere group established in Alice Springs for landscape artists, including Gabrielle Wallace, Wenten Rubuntjia, Clem Abbott, Therese Ryder and many more.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

Group Exhibitions

1988 The Fifth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1988 Pmere Country in Mind Arrernte Landscape Painters, Araluen Art Centre
1989 The Sixth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1992 The Heritage of Namatjira, touring exhibition through Flinders University Art Museum
1993 The Heritage of Namatjira, touring exhibition through Flinders University Art Museum
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

Further References

Green, J.(ed) 1988, Pmere: Country in Mind, Arrernte Landscape Painters, Tangentyere Council, Alice Springs. © Hardy J., Megaw J.V.S. and Megaw, M.R. (eds) 1992, The Heritage of Namatjira – the Watercolourists of Central Australia, William Heinemann, Australia ©