Leavannia Nampijinpa Watson


Leavannia Nampijinpa Watson was born in the Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. She is the daughter of Jill Nungarrayi and Lawrence Jangala Watson and the grand-daughter of Judy Napangardi Watson, a very successful artist who paints with Warlukurlangu Artists. Although very young, Leavannia first started painting on little boards through the Warlukurlangu Artists Art Association school cultural maintenance program held during school holidays. She has been painting professionally with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre at Yuendumu, since 2008. She paints her father’s Jukurrpa stories, particularly Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) which travelled from east to Mikanji west of Yuendumu. These stories have been passed down through the generations for millennia. She uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.