Therese Ryder

About the Artist

Therese Ryder

Born: 1946                 Language Group: Eastern Arrernte

Therese Ryder grew up at Santa Teresa Mission, South East of Alice Springs, living in a dormitory, being cared for by Catholic nuns. The girls were taught cooking, sewing and house cleaning. Drawing lessons were given once a week at school.

There are references to a number of staff at the mission encouraging drawing and painting - Sister Therese Marie, Sister Anastasia, Dr Ethel Robertson and Mr. Sawjack. These were strong influences in the development of the landscape painting.

It is interesting to note from text that the immerging artists from Santa Teresa were only partially aware of Albert Namatjira and his fame as a watercolourist landscape painter.

Therese Ryder, Kathleen Wallace, Gabrielle Wallace and others entered work in the Alice Spring Show often winning prizes. Therese moved to Alice Springs and has been painting ever since in both landscape style and more traditional dot style, interpreting bush foods. Therese paints for private clients and galleries.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs

Group Exhibitions

1988 Pmere, Country in Mind, Arrernte Landscape Painters, The Araluen Centre Alice Springs

1989 The Sixth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition Museum and Art Gallery of the NT Darwin

1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac
Gallery Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney (through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)

1991 Heritage of Namatjira at Flinders, Flinders University Art Museum,
Bedford Park, SA

1991 Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

1992/93 The Heritage of Namatjira touring exhibition through Flinders
University Art Museum, Araluen Centre Alice Springs National tour by AETA

1993 Central Australian Aboriginal Art & Craft Exhibition Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

1999  Barossa Valley, Landscape Artists

2002  Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A
         'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon USA
          Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon USA
          Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon USA
          New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee USA

2003  Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee USA
        'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon USA
         Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Oregon USA
         Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon USA
         Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Oregon USA

2004  Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Hartford, Greenwich, New York and Philadelphia

Further References

Diggins, L. (ed) 1989 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhib. cat. Malakoff Fine Art Press Nth Caulfield Victoria

Green, J. Pmere: Country in Mind, Arrernte Landscape Painters, Tangentyere Council, Alice Springs ©

Green J. 1994, A Learner’s Guide to Eastern and Central Arrernte, Institute of Aboriginal Development Press, Alice Springs ©

Hardy J. Megaw J & Megaw R, Heritage of Namatjira, The Watercolourist of Central Australia, William Heinemann, Australia © 1991, Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney NATSIVAD – database

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