Mavis Marks

Mavis is an accomplished Luritja Pintupi artist; born at Newhaven, 360km North West of Mpwartne (Alice Springs). She has been widely exhibited around Australia and the world.

She is the sister of renowned Western Desert a Artists Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and Smithy Zimran Tjampitjinpa. She enjoys traveling to Kintore to visit with her sister Yuyuwa; and to Alice Springs to see her sister Gina.

Mavis moved to Haasts Bluff as a teenager with her mother. When she married she moved to Mt Liebig with her husband and began to paint at the art centre there. Mavis returned to Haasts Bluff after the death of her husband, later moving to Papunya.

Mavis likes to paint the women’s Ceremonial Dancing at Mt Liebig, and depicts their body painting designs. She also paints the story given to her by her grandfather of Kalipinpa, the Water Dreaming, which comes from her mother’s side. She has raised five children as her own, and her daughter Sylvana Marks, is also an artist.

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