AVAILABLE WORKS

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

BUKU-LARRNGGAY MULKA ART CENTER

Born: c.1945
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Biranybirany
Clan:Gumatj
Region: East Arnhem Land

 

BIOGRAPHY

Nyapanyapa is quite remarkable. She is perhaps the artist of the region most remote from the market she creates for. In this sense her art is really quite pure for it is without any consideration or desire to understand what happens beyond point of sale to her art center.

She is a classificatory sister to star artist Gulumbu and traveled once to Adelaide for the 2005 Festival with her kin for a critically acclaimed crying performance in honor of her deceased sister and senior artist Gaymala. She is small in stature and has been quite deaf for a long time. 

She is a widow, a wife of the late Djapu clan leader Djiriny Mununggurr who died in 1977. Her early life was spent with her father Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, a renowned artist and father of two Australians of the Year (her brothers Galarrwuy and Mandawuy).

She was badly gored by a buffalo in the 1970s at Mutpi near Garrthalala which required her medical evacuation to Darwin which was more rare in those days. Although childless she has helped to raise many children and is almost always in company with one of her sisters, usually Barrupu but sometimes Djakangu. She embodies uncomplaining humble persistence in her gentle subsistence lifestyle.

Nyapanyapa’s prints, especially her whacky and boldly colored screen prints have been a hit for 10 years. Lots of her editions have been in many exhibitions around the world. She started to paint on bark in 2007. Shortly after this she was exhibited in the Telstra Award and accepted to hold her first solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in September 2008. 

She won the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Prize in Telstra NATSIAA 2008. She continued to paint at Buku during 2009 and 2010 to exhibit with Nomad in Darwin and again in Sydney with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Australian Institutional collections aquired her work heavily. She was chosen to feature in the NGA’s National Indigenous Art Triennial: UnDisclosed in April 2011 which was then postponed to May 2012. She was also accepted into the WA Indigenous Art Award 2011 and the Sydney Bienalle 2012.

Text: Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Center

 
 

COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
Roslyn and Tony Oxley, Sydney, NSW
Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin, NT
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Charles Darwin University Collection, Darwin, NT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
Levi Kaplan, Seattle USA
University of Melbourne

AWARDS

Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award 25th Jubilee NATSIAA, 2008 MAGNT, Darwin
Highly Commended 2012 29th Telstra NATSIAA, MAGNT Darwin NT
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW
Roslyn and Tony Oxley, Sydney, NSW
Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin, NT
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Charles Darwin University Collection, Darwin, NT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC