Ivy Pareroultja is one of the leaders in a new generation of artists continuing the legacy of the renowned Hermannsburg school of watercolour painters. She is the daughter of Edwin Pareroultja, a contemporary of Albert Namatjira’s and a renowned artist in his own right. Significantly, Edwin Pareroultja’s painting Amulda Gorge, c.1947 was the first work by an Aboriginal artist purchased for the Gallery’s collection. Edwin, along with his brothers, Otto and Reuben, was known for his use of brilliant colour, graphic forms and strong patternation.
In recent years Ivy Pareroultja has mastered the skills inherited from her father to produce striking watercolours through the Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra: Many Hands Art Centre in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). This art centre was established in 2003 to foster the Western Arrernte descendents of the Hermannsburg school of painters, and can be credited with a revival of their distinctive watercolour style. Art Gallery of New South Wales