Elizabeth Nyumi - Parwalla - 116/09

$6,600.00
  • Elizabeth Nyumi - Parwalla - 116/09

Elizabeth Nyumi - Parwalla - 116/09

$6,600.00

Artist: Elizabeth Nyumi

Title: Parwalla

Cat  No: 116/09

Size: 120 x 80 cm

Acrylic on linen.

Story

This country is far to the south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert, west of Kirirrkurra, and is dominated by 'tali' (sand hills). Parwalla is a large swampy area, which fills with water after the wet season rain and, consequently, produces an abundance of bush foods.

The majority of Nyumi's painting shows the different bush foods, including 'kantjilyi' (bush raisins), 'pura' (bush tomato) and 'minyili' (seed). Women, shown as the U shapes, with their 'wana' (digging sticks) and 'coolamons' gathering the foods are also present. The whitish colours, which dominate the painting, represent the spinifex that grows strong and seeds after the wet season rains.

Biography

Born: 1st January 1947

Location: Parwalla

Skin: Nungurrayi

Language Pintupi and English

Nyumi's mother belonged to the country of Nynmi near Kiwirrkurra on the Pintupi side. Her father was from Alyarra in the region of Ngaanyatjarra. When Nyumi was only a very young child her mother died tragically at the Kanari soakwater close to Jupiter Well. As a young girl, Nyumi lived a nomadic existence with her family group in their country, before walking up the Canning Stock Route into old mission with her father and family group as a teenager. Here she was given clothes and taken to Billiluna Station and trained as a domestic worker and subsequently travelled to many station houses around the region working for the wives of the station managers. Nyumi is a very strong culture woman and dancer and an enthusiastic teacher of culture to children, ensuring the traditional dances and songs are kept alive. Nyumi had four daughters and three of them are still living and beginning to paint, which is strongly encouraged by Nyumi. Brandy Tjungurrayi and Patrick Olodoodi, both senior Law men and recognised artists, are Nyumi's older brothers. Nyumi commenced painting in 1987 and began to emerge as a leading artist in the late 1990s. Her paintings are mainly concerned with the country of abundant bush food belonging to her family. Initially she worked with a thick brush, covering the canvas in emanating lines in muted tones. Her style has now developed to using a multitude of dotting to build up fields of texture but retains her signature motifs of small camps, coolamons and bush tucker trees and scrubs. Nyumi has had solo exhibitions in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and she has travelled interstate and overseas to attend openings of her exhibitions. In 2004 Nyumi became the first artist represented by Warlayirti Artists to be selected for the Biennale of Sydney and since this time she has been included in numerous prestigious exhibitions.

Solo Exhibitions

2006 Singing and Dancing up the Country, Raft Gallery, Darwin, NT

2006 Elizabeth Nyumi, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2005 Elizabeth Nyumi, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2004 Elizabeth Nyumi, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2004 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

2003 Elizabeth Nyumi, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2002 Elizabeth Nyumi, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2001 Parwalla, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

Group Exhibitions

2015 Warlayirti Artists, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin

2014 Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

2014 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award, Fremantle

2014 Warlayirti Artists, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin

2014 Balgo 14, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2014 Yaninpala Yirwarrawanna Kutjupa Ngurrarrakutu Walking the Path, Nomad Art, Darwin

2014 Balgo: Past & Present, Cooee Gallery, Sydney

2014 Summer Collectors Show, Susan McCulloch, Mornington Peninsula

2013-14  In Print 20/20, Celebrating 20 years of prints & printmaking, Charles Darwin University Art Collection & Northern Editions Printmaking Studio

2013 Convergence, Warlayirti Artists @ Short St Gallery, Broome

2013 Kuralka Tjanu Tjukurrpa: Kuwarri Marr Ku (Old Stories: New Ceations). Northern Edistions, Nan Giese Gallery, Darwin Festival Exhibition, NT

2013 Warlayirti Artists, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin

2013 Warlayirti Artists, Desert Mob Exhibition, Alice Springs

2013 Re-generation, Susan McCulloch, Melbourne

2013 Seoul Open Arts Fair, Korea. (Group Exhibition via Desart, Alice Springs.)

2013 Balgo Survey, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2013 Fresh, McCulloch & McCulloch, Salt Contemporary Queenscliff, Vic

2013 Nora Wompi & Friends, Suzanne O'Connell, Brisbane

2012-13: Gestuelles The Art of Transmission by Aboriginal Desert Women, IDAIA International Development for Australian Indigenous Art, Alliances Francaises in Australia.

2012 Watermark - the Signature of Life, IDAIA, Hong Kong

2012 Warlayirti Artists, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin

2012 Warlayirti Artists, Desert Mob Exhibition, Alice Springs

2012 Warlayirti Artists, Artkelch Pro Community, Freiburg, Grassi Museum Leipzig, Fabrik Der Kunste, Hamburg and Galerie Gunzoburg Bodensee (Lake Constance), Germany

2012 Balgo 2012, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2012 Luminous World: Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection, touring exhibition, Western Australia Art Gallery

2011 Balgo 2011, Redot Gallery, Singapore

2011 Balgo 2011, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2011 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT

2010 Balgo Survey, Rheinfelden/Baden, Haus Salmegg, Coolamon Aboriginal Art Gallery Schopfheim, Germany

2010 Balgo Survey, ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2010 Ingalimpa Tjuntu - Singing Songs - We Sing the Country and that's how we find the way', ReDot Fine Art Galleries, Audi Forum Building, Tokyo

2010 Balgo Prints, Northern Editions, Darwin

2009 'Desert Aboriginal Acrylic Painting: Tradition, Boldness and Colour Explosion", Novotel Darling Harbour

2009 Mixed Show, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2008 Balgo Survey, ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2008 Balgo 2008, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2008 Mixed Show, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne

2007 Survey, They Might Be Giants, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2006 Balgo 2006, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2006 Recent Works, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2006 Balgo Survey Show, ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2006 Warlayirti Suite Print Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2006 Survey, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, VIC

2006 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs, NT

2005 Balgo 2005, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2005 Glass from the Sand Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2004 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs, NT

2004 Recent Works, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA

2004 21st NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin, NT

2004 Balgo a Go Go, Grantpirrie, Sydney, NSW

2004 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

2004 Balgo 4-04, Warlayirti Artists, Balgo, WA

2003 Eight by Three, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, VIC

2003 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs, NT

2003 20th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin, NT

2003 Purtatjanirri Kamu Warrmala, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2003 Balgo Brilliance, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS

2003 Palya Minyirri, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD

2002 30th Alice Prize, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT

2002 Balgo Hills, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2002 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT

2002 Balgo Hills, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2002 Desert Mob, Arulen Centre, Alice Springs, NT

2002 Art from Balgo, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT

2002 Balgo Hills: An artist's survey, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2002 Balgo Hills Artists 2002, Art Mob, Aboriginal Fine Art, Hobart, TAS

2002 Big Colour My Country, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD

2001 Aborigena Arte, Australiana Contemporuneu, Torino, Palazzo Bricherasio, Italy

2001 Desert Mob, Araulen Centre, Alice Springs, NT

2001 18th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin, NT

2001 Kutjungka, Bett Gallery, Hobart, TAS

2001 Balgo Works, Staedtische Gallery, Wolsfburg, Germany

2001 Recent Works by Artists from Balgo Hills, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2001Balgo Artists Return to Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2001 Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Alcaston Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2001 Past Modern: an exhibition of Kimberley Landscapes, Short Street Gallery @ Australia Square, Sydney, NSW

2000 This Earth for Us, Australia Dreaming at the Commonwealth Institute, Bristol/Edinburugh, UK

2000 The Westside: Images in Ochre and Colour, Coo-ee II Exhibiting Gallery, Yuwayi Art Precinct, World Square, Sydney, NSW

2000 Balgo Hills, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC

2000 17th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin, NT

2000 Melbourne Artfair 2000, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC

2000 Waltja Family, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2000 Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award & the Art of Place, Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT

2000 Balgo Art, Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs, NT

2000 Balgo Hills Aboriginal Paintings, Bett Gallery, Hobart, TAS

2000 Aboriginal Art, Galerie Baehr, Leverkusen, Germany

2000 Aboriginal Art, Galerie Baehr, Dormagen, Germany

1999 16th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin, NT

1999 Mularrpa (True) Balgo, Framed, the Darwin Gallery, Darwin, NT

1999 Miliynyin, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

1999 Miliynyin, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA

1998 Ngurrara: My own Country, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

1998 15th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin, NT

1997 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT

1997 Balgo Paintings, Seywald Gallery, Salzburg, Austria

1997 New Paintings from Balgo Artists, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

1997 14th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin, NT

1997 New Painting by Balgo Women, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

1997 Dreamings: Aboriginal kunst uit Australie, Eusebius, Arnhem, The Netherlands

1993 Wirrimanu: the Art of Balgo Hills, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1992 Warlayirti Artists' Homelands, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1990 Songlines: Paintings from Balgo Hills, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

1989 Warlayirti Artists: Continuing Links with Land, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Collections

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Victoria

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Artbank

The Holmes a Court Collection

Morven Estate

Helen Read Collection

Harland Collection

Aboriginal Art Museaum, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Laverty Collection

Bibliography

Who's Who of Australian Women, 2006, 2007. Bahr, Crown Content Pty Ltd, Melbourne

Bahr, E., (ed), 2000, The Unseen in Seen, exhibition catalogue, Aboriginal Art Gallery Bahr, Speyer, Germany

Carlos, I., (ed), 2004, On Reason and Emotion, exhibition catalogue, Biennale of Sydney Ltd, Sydney

Cowan, J., 1999, Balgo - New Directions, Gordon & Breach Arts International Limited (Craftsman House, Sydney)

Cowan, J., 1994, Wirrimanu - Aboriginal Art from Balgo Hills, Gordon & Breach Arts International Limited (Craftsman House, Sydney)

Johnson, V., 1994, The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, NSW

Kleinert, S. & Neale M., (eds), 2000, The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art & Culture, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne

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Watson, C., 1999, 'Touching the Land', Art from the Land, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

West, M., (ed), 2001, Telstra presents the 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, exhibition catalogue, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Williamson, S. & Togni, S., 2004 Abundance - The Art of Elizabeth Nyumi, Art & Australia Vol. 41 No.4, Art & Australia Pty Ltd, Paddington

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