Elizabeth Yanyi Close is a Panaka Skin Anangu woman from the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Language Groups, whose family links are to the communities of Pukutja and Amata in the APY Lands.  Elizabeth was born in Adelaide but grew up in outback SA, returning to Adelaide to complete her secondary schooling, and attend University to complete a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing. Elizabeth worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of a busy Adelaide Metropolitan Hospital for a decade, while using art as a means of processing the intergenerational trauma and its impact on her family. In 2007, Elizabeth began to paint professionally and exhibit her work throughout Adelaide and her practice organically grew as she balanced nursing, art and motherhood. By 2014 she had built up a full-time arts practice, and after the birth of their second child, Elizabeth and her husband decided to move home to the APY so that they could immerse their children in their culture and language. Elizabeth reconnected with much of her Grandmothers family and learned much more about her family, her Tjukurpa and her Country from her Tjamu. This growth as an Aboriginal woman was profoundly reflected in the evolution of her artwork. Elizabeth is based in Adelaide and has three Purungu Skin Anangu children; Isaiah Yungana, Emmeline Tjikatu and Bentji Nganantju; and a dingo with no tail.

Loving these colours on a dreary Adelaid



2019 Workshop facilitator, Guest Curator for Neo and Speaker, Art Gallery of South Australia

2019 Artist-in-Residence, Arts in Health, Flinders Medical Centre

2019 Peer Assessor, Arts SA ATSI panel       

2006-Present Freelance Professional Visual Artist

2006 -2016 Registered Nurse, Emergency Department, Flinders Medical Centre 

Exhibitions (list not exhaustive)

‘Our Mob’ - finalist, 2019

‘Substance that Promotes Healing’ - exhibition and artist-in-residence, FMC Arts in Health - SALA 2019 

‘While You Were Sleeping’ - Ambush Gallery, ANU, Canberra - 2019
‘Aboriginal Contemporary Arts’ Inaugural Exhibition, Aldinga SA - 2019

‘Heysen Sculpture Biennial’ - 2019

‘Our Mob’ finalist - 2018

‘Because of Her’ South Australian College of the Arts - 2018 

‘Red Dust Rough Diamond’ solo exhibition, Black Diamond - SALA 2018

 Giant Dog-Bowl exhibition for the SA/NT Guide Dog Association - 2018

‘Because of Her’ Tandanya - 2018

‘Kumangka’ Gallery M - 2018

‘Our Mob’ finalist - 2017

‘Kumangka’ Gallery M - 2017

‘Kurunpa’ solo exhibition -  SALA 2016 

‘Kumangka’ Living Kaurna Cultural Centre – 2014

‘Kumangka’ Gallery M – 2013

‘Our Mob’ finalist - Art Space, Adelaide Festival Theatre -  2011

Notable Public Artworks 

The Lights Community Centre, collaboration with Thomas Readett - August 2019

Adelaide Zoo - July 2019

The Ripples, Cherbourg France, collaboration with James Cochran - May 2019

Rosetta Street Underpass, West Croydon, collaboration with Joel Van Moore aka Vans The Omega, Jake Holmes, Mat Dopheide, Sam Brooks, Fortrose, Lee Harnden - March 2019

Hawthorn Community Centre - December 2018 

Big Picture Festival, mentorship of emerging Nukunu artist Jessica Turner in the installation of a mural for the Port Pirie Regional Council - 2018 

Westfield Tea Tree Plaza ‘you, me, together’ collaboration with Georgia Hill, 2018 

Westfield Tea Tree Plaza ‘Nganana’ - 2018

Saana festival collaboration with Kenyan artist Kaymist, 2018

Ilyapinna - Rundle Street, Adelaide CBD, collaboration with James Cochran, 2018

Gadlabarti - Wright Street Adelaide CBD, collaboration with James Cochran, 2018

Carbon Creative, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 2017 

Blackwood Railway Station, 2017

Sorry Means You Don't Do It Again - Commercial Road, Port Adelaide, as part of the Wonderwalls Street Art Festival - 2017

Tarnanthi festival wall, Port Adelaide SA, 2017

Xylem - street art piece, 60sqm, Chesser Lane, Adelaide CBD collaboration with James Corcoran aka Jimmy C as part of the Adelaide Fringe Street Art Explosion 2015

Burnt Scrub - street art piece, 5m x 2m wall, Little Rundle Street, Kent Town 2015

Municipal Gum - street art piece, 86sqm, Little Rundle Street, Kent Town SA 2015

Collections (list not exhaustive)

The University of Adelaide 

The National Gallery of Australia 


City of Marion, Adelaide, SA

Carbon Creative

The Tibbits Collection

The Teubner-Gould Collection

City of Prospect Collection 


South Australian Government Department of State Development 

South Australian Government Department of Child Protection 

South Australian Native Title Service


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