Artist Profile

Elizabeth Gordon

18th November 1954

Old Balgo


Kukatja and English


Elizabeth Gordon is a dedicated and tireless painter who was the first of the Balgo artists to have a solo show.  She comes from a respected painting family: her mother is Ningie Nanala and her stepfather is Tjumpo Tjapanangka (deceased).  Elizabeth appears to have developed some of her repertoire of stylistic sensibilities from painting with her mother.  Her stepfather and his friend Dominic Martin were also active in teaching Elizabeth about their country and giving her permission to paint some of their sites.  She was born at the old Balgo Mission and attended school there, and recalls moving to the current location of Balgo on the back of a truck.  Elizabeth participates in ceremonies and cultural exchanges and occasionally visits Lajamanu for these reasons.  She has a large family, which includes three sons, two daughters and two grandsons.


2014        Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT
2013        Marrka Wangka - Warlayirti Artist, Yaama Ganu Gallery & Cafe Gali, Moree, NSW  
2010Balgo Survey, Rheinfelden/Baden, Haus Salmegg, Colamon Aboriginal Art Gallery Schopfheim, Germany
2008              Revealed, Emerging Artist from WA Aboriginal Art Centers, Central Tafe Art Gallery, Perth, WA