Aboriginal Artist Therese Ryder

Therese Ryder

Born: 1946

Language Group: Eastern Arrernte

Country: Santa Teresa, South East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Watercolour on Board

Subjects: Landscape (Therese's Country), Bush Foods, Dancing Women in Ceremony

Therese grew up at Santa Teresa Mission, South East of Alice Springs, living in a dormitory, being cared for by Catholic nuns. The girls were taught cooking, sewing and house cleaning. Drawing lessons were given once a week at school.

There are references to a number of staff at the mission encouraging drawing and painting - Sister Therese Marie, Sister Anastasia, Dr Ethel Robertson and Mr. Sawjack. These were strong influences in the development of the landscape painting. It is interesting to note from text that the immerging artists from Santa Teresa were only partially aware of Albert Namatjira and his fame as a watercolourist landscape painter. Therese Ryder, Kathleen Wallace, Gabrielle Wallace and others entered work in the Alice Spring Show often winning prizes.

Therese moved to Alice Springs and has been painting ever since in both landscape style and more traditional dot style interpreting bush foods. Therese paints for private clients and galleries.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs


1988 Pmere, Country in Mind, Arrernte Landscape Painters, The Araluen Centre Alice Springs
1989 The Sixth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition Museum and Art Gallery of the NT Darwin
1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney (through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)
1991 Heritage of Namatjira at Flinders, Flinders University Art Museum, Bedford Park, SA
1991 Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1992 The Heritage of Namatjira touring exhibition through Flinders University Art Museum, Araluen Centre Alice Springs National tour by AETA
1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1999 Barossa Valley, Landscape Artists
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery,Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery'Portland, Oregon; Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland Oregon; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition - Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich, New York and Philadelphia