Glen Jampijinpa Martin was born in Alice Springs Hospital in 1991, the closest hospital to Nyirripi, a remote aboriginal community located approximately 430 km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory of Australia. He is the son of Judith Nungarrayi Martin and Alistair Jangala Turner and is the grandson of Shorty Jangala Robertson (Dec), a major Warlpiri artist. Glen went to the local school in Nyirripi before attending Yirara College, an Aboriginal boarding college in Alice Springs. When he finished school, he returned to Nyirripi where he worked in the Outback Store.
He began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu and Nyirripi in 2016. He paints his mother’s Janganpa Jukurrpa (Bush-tail possum Dreaming), dreamings which relate directly to his land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories have been passed down to him by his mother and her mother before her for millennia. Glen enjoys working with colour using an unrestricted palette to depict his traditional iconography and his semi-abstract forms of birds that live around Nyirripi.
Glen is married to Delena Napaljarri Turner, who also paints for Warlukurlangu Art Centre. They have three children and when they are not working or painting, they enjoy going hunting for kangaroos or watching sport, particularly football on the TV or watching football live.