Gabriella Wallace Australian Aboriginal Artist

Gabriella Wallace

Born: 1945

Deceased: 2021

Language Group: Eastern Arrernte

Country: Santa Teresa, South Eastof Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Watercolour/Gouache on board, Beadwork

Subjects: Landscape, Bush Foods

Gabriella Wallace grew up at Santa Teresa Mission, South East of Alice Springs. She first learnt to paint as a young student through the mission school, (Kathleen Wallace and Therese Ryder were also part of this group). Sister Anastasia encouraged them all to paint the landscape and entered their work in the Alice Springs show.

Gabriella is highly recognized for her portrayal of the central Australian landscape, she also paints stories associated to her country, describing gathering of bush foods.

The landscape painting, describes land formations, sites and seasons important to the artist and their country. The richness of colour and detail of the landscape are important to each of Gabriella's paintings.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA


1985 The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1992 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1992 The Heritage of Namatjira, touring exhibition through Flinders University Art museum
1995 Namatjira Ilakakeye, kinship, creativity and the continuing traditions of the Hermannsburg artists, Tandanya, Adelaide
2005 Invitational Private Exhibition at Madigans Restaurant, Alice Springs with Mbantua Gallery to meet with HRH Prince of Wales


Further References

Green, J. (ed), 1988, Pmere: country in Mind, Arrernte Landscape Painters, Tangentyere Council, Alice Springs ©
Green, J. 1990, ‘Country in mind', Special Double Artlink 10 (1&2), 18. ©
Hardy, J., Megaw, J.V.S. and Megaw, M.R. Megaw, J.V.S. and Megaw, M.R. (ed), 1992, The Heritage of Namatjira – the watercolourists of Central Australia, William Heinemann, Australia. ©
  1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney