"Ai leigi luk ola burdiflawa la bush. En afta ai kambek en peintim ol detma. Det burdiflawa meigi mi gudbinji."
"I like to look at all the pretty flowers in the bush. And then I come back and I paint them. The pretty flowers make me happy."
About Gwenneth Blitner:
Gwenneth Ngilingili Blitner bin bon la oul mishin, en imin grouap la Ropa. Im kantri Nayirrinji (Limmen Bight) en im langgus Marra. Gwenneth leigi peintim kantri la Ropa eriya. Im yusim loda kala bla shoum dat kantri, speshili burdiflawa, hil en bilibong. Kapula im feibritwan eriya im Walmaja, Ngujalayi, Warrgujaja en Bulukhoul. Gwenneth olsou leigi dum lainouprint.
"Im tu dedi bin atis, en imin luk dubala wen imin lilgel. Wen im peinting, im fil gudbinji. Peinting im impotin la im femili. Im dali stori dumaji. Im dumbat na sou im gin dali stori, en im beibi en grenkids mob gin lenim burrum im na.
Imin wek la Ngukurr Arts burrum 2012."
Gwenneth Ngilingili Blitner was born at the Old Roper River Mission, and grew up in Ngukurr. Her country is Nayirrinjion the Limmen Bight, and her language is Marra.
Gwenneth’s paintings feature landscapes from the Roper River Region. She uses bright colours and bold style to depict her country, with a special focus on flowers, hills and billabongs. Some of her favourite areas around Ngukurr township are
Walmaja, Ngujalayi, Warrgujaja and Bullock Hole billabong. Gwenneth also likes making lino prints.
Gwenneth’s father and his brother were artists, and she watched them at work as a young girl. When she paints, she feels happy. Paining is important to her family, because it tells a story. Gwenneth paints now to share her stories, and so her
children and grandchildren can learn from her.
Gwenneth Blitner has worked with Ngukurr Arts since 2012. She has exhibited nationally and internationally with the art centre and has artworks held in various national collections including the National Gallery of Victoria.