Samuel Miller


Born: 1966
Place of Birth: Pukatja (Ernabella)
Language:  Pitjantjatjara
Community: Kalka, South Australia
Region: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yangkunytjatjara (APY) Lands



Samuel Miller was born in 1966 at Ernabella Mission. When Samuel’s mother passed away, his father’s second wife, Molly Nampitjin Miller, cared for him. Molly is a founding director of Ninuku Arts. When growing up, Samuel moved between Amataand Pipalyatjara, but he now resides in Kalka with Molly and the rest of her family.

A committed member of Ninuku Arts, Samuel usually paints every day. His paintings depict the traditional iconography of his land, which lies to the east of Pipalyatjara – rockholes, creeks and hills feature in his work, all immersed in Tjukurpa (Dreaming stories). Samuel’s paintings are mesmerising. His composition is minimalist and he makes extensive use of radiating colors, which are largely drawn from the varying colors in the landscape surrounding his country. He is fastidious in his approach and works with a large number of paint colors, which he spreads out around him as he paints. Although he is one of the youngest men painting at the art center, Samuel is confident and focused in his approach.