Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson has lived most of her life in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal settlement located 290kms northwest of Alice Springs in the northern Territory of Australia. She attended the local school and then attended Batchelor College, Darwin where she received a Diploma in teaching as an Assistant Teacher. She has worked on and oﬀ over the years at Yuendumu School. She is married and has ﬁve children and many grandchildren. Felicity is the daughter of the renowned late artist Shorty Jangala Robertson. In 2007 Felicity went to Melbourne where she represented her father’s painting.
Felicity has been painting since 2002 and has exhibited her art work in Group Exhibitions since 2005. She was also one of the artists who helped paint the Yuendumu School Doors.
Felicity paints at her art centre and at home. At home, she likes to tell her grandchildren her Dreaming while she paints. She paints her Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) and Watiyawarnu Jukurrpa (Seed Dreaming) stories, stories passed down to her from her father and his father’s father before him. These stories are creation stories that relate to Felicity’s family’s traditional country, traditions that stretch back at least ﬁfty millennia.
Felicity likes to paint, “it makes me comfortable painting all the diﬀerent Ngapa and Watiyawarnu designs”.
Acrylic on Canvas
Watiyawarnu (Seed Dreaming)