Lex Namponan is the 2nd youngest of eight children born to Angus Namponan and Chrissie Peemuggina. From his father they have the totems that include Bush Rat, Freshwater Shark, Spear, Small Carpet Snake, Salmon, Knee and Single-barb Hardwood Spear. Lex also shares other totems that are associated with the the Wik-Alkenh language and belong to the Apalech ceremonial group.

Lex’s father’s country is at Warpang, just inland from Cape Keerweer. His mother’s was from enjoining country of Aayk, her language being Wik-Ngathan. 

Anagus Namponan was prominent as a caver at Aurukun and, as sometimes happens in Wik society, his sons who have followed in his footsteps. 

Lex’s Camp Dogs are a secular subject and as such belong to an innovative class of Wik sculptures that have been developing in relation to the art and craft markets for some decades.

Lex is the younger brother of Garry, Leigh, Bevan and older brother to Leo all of who are established and emerging carvers with the Wik and Kugu Arts Centre.

Lex Namponan is the 2nd youngest of eight children born to Angus Namponan and Chrissie Peemuggina. He is from the Wik-Alken language group who are part of the Apalech Clan’s ritual complex. Lex’s sculptural practices belong to an innovative class of Wik artists that have been developing in relation to the art and craft markets for some decades. His work is showcased around the country and held in many national and international collections.

 

Exhibition History

2018 Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair 2018, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns QLD

2019 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2019, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns QLD

2017 Present Tense. Past Legacy: Present Tense, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne VIC

2017 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2017, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns QLD

2016 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2016, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns QLD

2015 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2015, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns QLD

2014 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2014, Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns QLD

2011 21st Century: Art In the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane QLD

2010 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT

2009 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Australian Design Centre, Sydney NSW

2011 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns QLD

2011 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane QLD

2010 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston, TAS

2010 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Tandanya, Adelaide SA

2012 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga NSW

2010 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Western Australian Museum, Perth WA

2012 Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo NSW

2009 Aurukun Artists, Yuk Wiy Min (Wood and Other Things), Andrew Baker Gallery, Brisbane QLD

2008 Aurukun Sculpture, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne VIC

2009 Ina’Ngeen: Sculptures and Painting from Aurukun, Cooee Art Gallery, Sydney NSW

2013 CIAF Presents 2013 @ Canopy Artspace, Canopy Artspace, Cairns QLD

2009 Aurukun Sculptures, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne VIC

2008 Wiy Min Yumpan Ngamp (We made all this), Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane QLD

2012 From Cape to Cove, Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth WA

2014 Totems: Contemporary Carvings from Aurukun, JamFactory, Adelaide SA

2017 Wik & Kugu 2017, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane QLD

2011 Aurukun: New Paintings and Sculptures, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney NSW

2010 Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art , The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane QLD

2019 Wik and Kugu Art Centre represented by Black Square Arts, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney NSW