Carlene West Appeal

Through the generosity of donors MAGNT recently acquired this outstanding painting by leading Indigenous artist Carlene West.


Carlene West was born at Tjitjiti in the Great Victoria Desert in 1944. She spent her childhood with her immediate family group in the vast area known colloquially as Spinifex Country. When the Spinifex Arts Project was initiated in 1997, West was one of the first artists to embrace painting as a form of cultural expression, already having been a prolific maker of decorated artifacts. West contributed to a series of significant Women’s paintings that documented the intimate and enduring connection the Spinifex people have to their Country. These large scale paintings were used as evidence in the Spinifex people’s successful Native Title claim in 2000 which acknowledged their rights as traditional owners of 50,000 square kilometres of the Great Victoria Desert.


This work is an excellent example of the internationally renowned artist’s experimental approach, which has challenged the expectations of the regional ‘Spinifex’ style, and is testament to her ingenuity and talent. Tjitjiti’s bold, contemporary design marks a new direction in the MAGNT Indigenous collection and significantly enhances the holdings of Aboriginal desert paintings.


Huge thanks to the following donors to the appeal.



Mr. John Ayers and Mrs. Jane Ayers

Mr. D'lan Davidson

Mr. Richard England FCA, MAICD and

Mrs. Harriet England

Mr. Richard Frolich

Dr. Gisselle Gallego

Mr. Ian Gray and Dr. Suzanne Spunner

Mr. Geoffrey Hassall OAM

Ms. Janet Holmes à Court, AC, HonFAHA, HonFAIB

Mr. Hugh Johnson and Ms. Loren Kings Lynn

Mrs. Elizabeth Laverty

Mr. Wayne McGeoch and Mrs. Vicki McGeoch

Dr. W.M. McCubbery and Ms. Jane Renshaw

Mr. Dieter Muller

Ms. Suzanne O'Connell

Mr. Bruce Potgieter

Mr. Reg Richardson AM and Mrs. Sally Richardson

Ms. Gabriella Roy

Mr. Michael Sitzler

Ms. Carolyn Smith

Mr. Grant Smith

Dr. Joy Spark

Ms. Jasmine Watterson

Mr. Don Whyte

Mr. Mark Young

Mr. Allan Garraway



In-kind Supporters


Don Whyte Framing

ReDot Fine Art Gallery

Paul Johnstone

Carlene West

Tjitjiti 2015

Synthetic polymer paint on linen


Museum and Art Gallery
of the Northern Territory

GPO Box 4646,
Darwin NT 0801

+61 8 8999 8264
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