Stella Üpia (Agisé)

ÖMIE ARTISTS

Born: c.1946, Jiapa village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Language Group: Ömie
Clan: Ina’e
Lives and works: Asapa village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Medium: natural pigments on nioge (women's barkcloth skirts)

 

BIOGRAPHY

Stella began painting for Ömie Artists at its inception in 2004. Her mother was Yévo and her father was John Koré, both Sahuoté clanspeople originally from Budo village. She is married to Randolph Üpia and has two children. Stella’s design jawubimu’é - the design of the mountain pine tree, was shown to her by her husband and was originally painted by the barkcloth artist Jona who was still painting at Asapa c.1967. Stella loves to share the traditional Ömie story behind the mountain pine tree design.

 
 

bibliography

Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, In The Shadow of a Volcano: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth & Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2007
Gregory, Bill; and Modjeska, Drusilla, Ömie: The Barkcloth Art of Ömie [exhibition catalogue], Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2006
Mallon, Sean; Miller, Imelda; Page, Maud; and Thomas, Nicholas, Paperskin: Barkcloth Across the Pacific, an exhibition organized by the Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Queensland Museum 2009

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane