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Djirrirria Wunungmurra

BUKU-LARRNGGAY MULKA ART CENTER

Other Names: Yukuwa
Born: 103/09/68
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Gurrumuru
Clan: Dha`wa\u, Narrkala
Region: East Arnhem Land

 


BIOGRAPHY:

Djirrirra (also known as Yukuwa) assisted her father, Yanggarriny Wunungmurra (1932 - 2003), in his Telstra Award winning painting of 1997 and continually up to his death in 2003. She has also assisted her brother Nawurapu Wunungmurra, but now primarily paints her own works. Her father granted her this authority whilst he was alive.

Her precise hand and geometric style has increasingly attracted enthusiastic interest from the art world. As she came to the notice of Buku-Larrnggay coordinators for her exquisite hand and innovative composition, she was included in her first major exhibition and her first visit to the world outside of Arnhem Land, in a show at Raft Artspace in Darwin in 2006, which featured her and two other Gangan artists Yumutjin Wunungmurra and Waturr Gumana.

In 2007 she was selected for Cross Currents, a major art survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Her rise to a level of notice was cemented when she was awarded the TOGA Northern Territory Contemporary Art Award in 2008. From here she was invited to her first solo show at Vivien Anderson Gallery in 2009. She has lived at the remote homeland of Gangan since she was born (before Western housing was erected), and has three children.

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Rite of Spring / Rrarrandharr Malaluba solo show - Cross Art Projects Sydney
2010 'Yukuwa'- Bark Paintings and Larrakitj - Short St Gallery, Broome WA

EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Scratching the Surface - Alliance Francaise of Sydney, Sydney NSW
2016 Tradition & Innovation - Paris Parcours des Mondes 2016-Aboriginal Signature • Estrangin Gallery
2016 The Salon des Refusés 2016 - Charles Darwin University Art Gallery, Darwin NT
2016 Gilatj – new work on glass from Buku Larrnggay Mulka - Outstation - Art from Art Centres, Darwin NT
2016 Mala - Together as a Group - Raft Artspace - Core Collective Studio Space, Hobart TAS
2015 Patternation - Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea NSW
2015 Lundumirringu - Annandale Galleries, Sydney NSW
2015 Lumggurma - Brumby Ute Aspen, Colorado USA
2014 Buku-Larrnggay Mulka - Yirrkala Print Space Exhibition - Gapan Gallery, Garma Festival, Gulkula, Northeast Arnhem Land NT
2013 Buku-Larrnggay Mulka - Yirrkala Print Space Exhibition - Gapan Gallery, Garma Festival, Gulkula, Northeast Arnhem Land NT
2013 FOUND - Annandale Galleries, Sydney NSW
2013 Prized - Nomad Art, Darwin, NT
2012 Gan’yu Gallery, Darwin Festival - Darwin, NT
2012 The Art of Arnhem Land - JGM Gallery, London UK
2012 “I am Yukuwa” - Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2011 Barrku! Treasures from a Distant Land - Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho USA
2011 28th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award - Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
2011 Womens Show - Vivien Andrerson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2011 Miyalk - Women, Feminine Art from Yirrkala - Framed Gallery, Darwin NT
2010 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award - Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
2010 17th Biennale of Sydney - Larrakitj, the Kerry Stokes Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney NSW
2010 The White Show - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 Womens Show - Vivien Andrerson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2010 Indigenous Art of the Northern Territory, from north east Arnhem Land to the Western Desert - Chunshen Cultural Square, Shanghai, China
2010 ‘Returning to Djakapurra’ - A Collection of Poles and Barks from Yirrkala - Redot Gallery, Singapore
2005 - Yakumirri Exhibition, Darwin, NT
2005 - Ngann Girra Festival, Albury Regional Museum
2006 - 'Gangan', Waturr Yumutjin Djirrirra, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2006 - 'Arnhem Land Ochres', Mina Mina Art Gallery, Brunswick Heads
2007 - Galuku Gallery, Festival of Darwin, NT
2007 - 'Bukulungthunmi - Coming Together, One Place', Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2007 - 'Cross Currents', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
2008 - Togart Contemporary Art Award, New Convention Centre, Darwin, NT - Winner
2008 - 'Outside Inside', Bett Gallery Hobart, Tasmania
2008 - 'A Few Real Gems I Have Come Across', Mogo Raw Art & Blues, Mogo, NSW
2009 - 'Larrakitj' - The Kerry Stokes Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
2009 - 'Woman's Show' Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2009 - 'Buyku', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2009 - 26th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Awards, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2009 - Yalari Art Auction, Brisbane
2010 - 'White', Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010 - 'The Women's Show 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2010 - 'Indigenous Art of the Northern Territory, from North East Arnhem Land to the Western Desert', Chunshen Cultural Square, Shanghai, China
2010 - '17th Biennale of Sydney, 'Larrakitz', the Kerry Stokes Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
2010 - 'Returning to Djakapurra', a Collection of Barks and Poles from Yirrkala, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 - Djirrirra and Dhuwarrwarr, Bark Paintings at Santa Fe, Shiaoscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in conjunction with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2010 - 27th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Awards, MAGNT, Darwin, NT
2010 - 'Yukuwa'- Bark Paintings and Larrakitj, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

COLLECTIONS:

Woodside Energy Ltd Art Collection
Kerry Stokes Collection
Colin & Liz Laverty, Sydney
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Levi Kaplan Collection, Seattle, WA, USA
Toga Group of Companies
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Parliament House Collection, Canberra
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
QLD Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brsibane, QLD

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Catalogue: Cross Currents - Focus in Australian Contemporary Art. A publication by the Museum of Contemporary Art, pp. 132-139
Catalogue: 17th Biennale of Sydney - The Beauty of Distance, Songs of Survival, in a Precarious Age

AWARDS:

2012 Telstra National ABoriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Darwin, Nt, Winner Best BArk painting
2008 - Winner - Togart NT Contemporary Award for 2008