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YINARUPA GIBSON NANGALA

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BIOGRAPHY

Artist: Yinarupa Gibson Nangala
Skin Name: K
Born: c.1960
Region: Kiwirrkura
Language: Pintupi
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Ngaminya - Ancestral Country

ABOUT ARTIST

Yinarupa Nangala is a Pintupi woman who was born "bush" at Mukula, across the WA border in the region of today's settlement of Kiwirrkurra. She is variously reported to have been born around 1948 and 1961, birthing records not

being available. Yinarupa is more likely to have been born in the early 1960s and is the daughter of one of Papunya Tula Artists greats, Anatjari Tjampitjinpa.Yinarupa Nangala was a co-wife with, amongst others, Ningura Napurrula of another Papunya Tula great, Yala Yala Gibbs. Thus, she is also related by marriage into George Ward Tjungurrayi's and Willy Tjungurrayi's families.Yinarupa started to paint in 1996, her motherhood duties being substantially complete. For some time she gained only moderate recognition for her works. It has only been in recent times that she has leapt into the public eye. In particular, 2009 saw her austere style finally be recognized for what it is, classic Pintupi art at its best.Yinarupa Nangala, a mother of 5, spends her time between her community of Kiwirrkurra and in Alice Springs. 
DreamingsYinarupa paints her traditional land where the women gather to conduct ceremonial business. The sacred designs she paints have an intuitive sense of space and rhythm and are associated with the rockhole site of Mukula. These places are also sites with much food, and the women gather the seeds of the native Acacia. They collect the seeds and grind it into flour and eventually bake bread from this. Her paintings also commonly show rockholes which are important water sources in the desert. During ancestral times a large group of women came from the west and stopped at this site to perform the ceremonies associated with the area. Yinarupa received an honorable mention at the 2010, 36th Alice Art Prize - A National Contemporary Art Award. She exhibited this year in Idaho, USA as part of an exhibition by Papunya Tula Artists, 'Art of The Western Desert'. This collection of twenty one paintings by senior and emerging artists from the remote desert communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkura will be the first exhibit of its kind held in the famous resort town of the pacific northwest region of the USA. 

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Yinarupa Nangala is the daughter of the late Anatjari Tjampitjinpa, wife of the late Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi, a founding member of the Papunya Tula art movement. Along with her brother Roy James Tjangala, they both continue the contribution as artists as did their father. Yinarupa is a mother of 5 and currently resides in Alice Springs. She often visits her homelands near Jupiter Well in WA. Yinarupa paints her traditional land where the women gather to conduct ceremonial business. The sacred designs she paints have an intuitive sense of space and rhythm and are associated with the rockhole site of Mukula. These places are also sites with much food, and the women gather the seeds of the native Acacia. They collect the seeds and grind it into flour and eventually bake bread from this. Her paintings also commonly show rockholes which are important water sources in the desert. During ancestral times a large group of women came from the west and stopped at this site to perform the ceremonies associated with the area. Yinarupa received an honorable mention at the 2010, 36th Alice Art Prize - A National Contemporary Art Award. She exhibited this year in Idaho, USA as part of an exhibition by Papunya Tula Artists, 'Art of The Western Desert'. This collection of twenty one paintings by senior and emerging artists from the remote desert communities of Kintore and Kiwirrkura will be the first exhibit of its kind held in the famous resort town of the pacific northwest region of the USA. She has become highly collectable and her paintings are both valuable and works of great beauty. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2007 - Yinarupa Nangala: Paintings From 2002-2007, John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2012 Tjukurrpa Ngaatjanya Maru Kamu Tjulkura (Dreaming in Black and White), at the Red Dot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.
  • 2011 - Papuya Tula Women's Art, at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW.
  • 2008 - Papunya Tula Artists 2008, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne. 20 years of Papunya Tula at Utopia Art Sydney.
  • 2007 - Kiwirrkura Women, Utopia Art Sydney; Papunya Tula Women, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane; Rising Stars, 2007, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
  • 2005 - Pintupi Women's Work, Indigenart (location not given)
  • 2002 - Cooee Aboriginal Art, Sydney
  • 2001-2002 - Espiritualidad y Arte Australiano Aborigen, sponsored by the Comunidad de Madrid, Spain, touring 17 venues in regional Madrid and Australia. 

AWARDS: 

  • 2009 26th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin.
  • 2009 Finalist - Western Australian Art Prize, Perth
  • 2010 Finalist - Western Australian Art Prize, Perth
  • 2014 Finalist - Wynne Prize, AGNSW
  • 2015 Finalist 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin

COLLECTIONS: 

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

SOURCE: Espiritualidad y Arte Australiano Aborigen ('Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art') , 2001-2002, exhibition catalogue, Direccion General Promocion Cultural, Madrid, Spain.

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