Barbara Merritt

BORN: Carnarvon, Western Australia

REGION:   Murchison Region also known as the Yamaji Region

Badimaya Artist Barbara Merritt was born in Carnarvon in the 1950’s, and grew up her Ancestral country in Mount Magnet and then later in Mullewa.  where her shearer father worked on outback stations and her mother worked at the Hospital and raised a close family of ten. Barbara has fond memories of weekends hunting out in the bush with her family ,  this was continued into adulthood and states that painting the land where she comes from is the biggest influence .

Barbara always wanted to be an Artist when she was young, but being a mother of seven children came first. Now that her children are grown, Barbara has fast become a very active Artist in the Community. Barbara s journey started at Wila Gutharra  and studying at Geraldton TAFE before joining Yamaji Art Centre .

Barbara has been involved in NAIDOC celebrations at local schools and input into public art projects such as Murals at Lake Indoon, Geraldton PCYC sharing her knowledge. With always more than one painting on the go, Barbara paints about the Knowledge and Traditional stories passed down by her Elders.

Barbara is known as the Queen ofColour and enjoys painting light hearted stories with bright colours’ to create an uplifting feeling in today’s depressive society. Her paintings are an explosion of bright colours using Traditional and Contemporary Aboriginal styles and techniques.

Barbara is represented by Yamaji Art Centre , Geraldton , Western Australia .

I like to paint about the land, where I came from is my biggest influence.


Group Exhibitions

2013 GoodHeart, QV1, Perth, WA
2013 Revealed, Central TAFE, Perth, WA
2012 Open Studio, ACDC, Geraldton, WA
2012 Morawa Art Awards, City Hall, Morowa, WA
2012 Gifted, ACDC, Exhibition, QV1, Perth, WA
2012 Port Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
2012 GoodHeart Exhibition, QV1, Perth WA
2012 NAIDOC MArketplace ACDC, Geraltdton, WA
2012 Mid West Art Prize, GRAG, GERALDTON, WA
2012 Illgarijiri, European Union, Brussels, Belgium
2012 Illgarijiri, The Hague, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2012 Illgarijiri, Australian Embassy, Berlin, Germany
2012 QPT, City of Greater Geraldton, Geraldton, WA
2011 Connection 2 Place Exhibit, GRAG, Geraldton, WA
2011 Port Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland, Courthouse Gallery
2011 Mid West Art Awards, GRAG, Geraldton, WA
2011 Illgarijiri, Australian Embassy, Washington, DC, USA
2011 NAIDOC, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton, WA
2011 Gifted, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton, WA
2011 Good Heart Exhibition, QVI, Perth
2010 Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland WA
2010 Track.Trail Exhibition, GRAG, Geraldton
2010 Mt Magnet Art Awards, Mt Magnet WA
2010 NAIDOC, ACDC Geraldton
2010 OPR Good Heart, QVI Perth WA
2010 Ilgarijiri, Cape Town, South Africa

2009 Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, AIATSIS, Canberra ACT
2009 Ilgarijiri, Curtin University, Perth WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GUC, Geraldton WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GRAG, Geraldton WA
2009 OPR Good Heart, QVI Perth WA
2009 NAIDOC, ACDC Geraldton
2008 ‘NAIDOC Art Exhibition’, Exmouth
2008 OPR ‘Bundi Gurdurdu Midwest Aboriginal Art Exhibition’, Perth
2008 ‘Cossack Art Exhibition’, Roebourne
2008 ‘Indigenous Textiles Exhibition’ Arts and Cultural Development Council (ACDC), Geraldton
2008 ‘Connect’ Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton
2007 ‘Banggumayigu Walgajulgu’, Geraldton Museum
2004 ‘Art 2 D Tour Student Exhibition’, Central West College of TAFE, Geraldton
2003 ‘Art in Fact Student Exhibition’, Central West College of TAFE, Geraldton
2003 ‘Original Mix’ By Wila Gutharra Artists, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton


2013 Foreshore Public Art Project, City of Greater Geraldton, WA
2010  Sinosteel Midwest, Geraldton WA


Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton WA