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Yuyuya Nampitjinpa – Umari, 2006

$11,600.00 inc. GST

Yuyuya is an acclaimed Pintubi Aboriginal artist born c.1946 in remote Central Australian desert. She is a senior ceremony woman, and jointly leads the ceremonial dancing in Kintore. Her work is held in the collections of the NGA, San Antonio Museum of Art (USA) and the Voituron Collection (Belgium) among others.

Her artwork reflects her profound understanding of the sites she paints and the symbols of the Tjukurrpa (ancestral creation stories). This glorious painting depicts Umari rockhole and the two key edible plants associated with the site.

Dimensions: 137 x 122 cm

Medium: Acrylic on Belgian linen, stretched.

Provenance: Papunya Tula Artists. Original certificate provided.

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This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Umari, situated in sandhill country, east of Mt Webb in central Western Australia. A large group of ancestral women travelled east from Umari to the rockhole site of Kalipinpa, a major water Tjukurrpa (ancestral creation or Dreaming) site north of Sandy Blight Junction.

As they travelled they gathered edible berries kknown as kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum central, and pura or bush tomato form the shrub Solanum chippendalei. Kampurarrpa berries can be eatn straight from the bush but are sometimes ground into a paste and cooked in teh coals to form a type of damper. Pura is the size of a small apricot and after the seeds are removed, can be stored for long periods by halving the fruit and skewering them onto a stick. The numerous small circles in the work represent the berries collected at this site, while the two larger roundels are the rockholes at Umari.

Yuyuya Nampitjinpa Biography

Yuyaya Nampitjinpa was born west of Muyinga in Western Australia, just over the Northern Territory border, circa 1946. Her family moved into Haasts Bluff in the 1950’s and later to the newly formed Papunya Community. She is the sister of the well known artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. In 1999, Yuyuya contributed to the Kintore women’s painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal.

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020 ‘Desert Stories, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
  • 2020 ‘Matriarchs’, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
  • 2019 ‘Pintupi Show 2019’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
  • 2018 Community IX, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  • 2018 Transcend Generations: Papunya Tula, Art Aborigene du Desert Central, Aboriginal Signature, Estrangin Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2016 Artist Hand: Collectors Eye- The Angel Gift, National Gallery of Victoria, VIC
  • 2015 Community VII, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  • 2015 Community VI, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  • 2014 Community V; Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  • 2013 Painting Now- Papunya Tula Artist, Utpoia Art Syndey, NSW
  • 2012 Community IV- Celebrating Forty Years of Pupunya Tula Artist, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  • 2012 Papunya Tula Artist: Women Painters from Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC
  • 2011 Pintupi Trails Artist: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, VIC
  • 2011 Art Karlsruhe 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2010 Small Painitings, Gallery Gabrielle, VIC 2010 Tradition & Innovation-Papunya Tula
  • 2010, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, VIC
  • 2010 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, NT
  • 2010 Recent Paintings, Chapman Gallery, ACT
  • 2010 Community, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  • 2010 Papunya Tula Artist: Art of Western Desert, Harvey Art Projects USA, Idaho USA
  • 2010 Ngurrakutu-Going Home, Papunya Tula Artist, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2010 Papunya Tula Women’s Art, Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW
  • 2006 Yawulyurru kapalilu palyar nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2006 Paintings By Papunya Tula Artists, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  • 2006 Pintupi Dreamtime, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
  • 2006 Rising Stars, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
  • 2006 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Center, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2006 Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Vic
  • 2006 Across The Board’, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
  • 2006 Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Jan Murphy Gallery Brisbane QLD
  • 2005 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2005 Strong and Stately, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
  • 2005 Rising Stars, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne Vic
  • 2005 Papunya Tula – The Next Generation, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2004 Rising Stars, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic 2004 Pintupi Art
  • 2004, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide SA
  • 2001 Pintupi Women From Kintore, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2001 Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
  • 2001 Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 1996 Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd. Alice Springs, NT

Selected Collections

  • National Gallery of Australia.
  • Griffith University Art Collection.
  • Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands.
  • San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, USA.
  • Voituron Collection, Belgium.
Selected Bibliography
  • Ryan J. ‘Land Marks’, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2006.
  • TogArt Contemporary Art Award, exhibition catalogue, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, 2008.
  • National Gallery of Victoria, ‘Artist’s Hand: Collectors’ Eye – The Angel Gift’. Exhibition catalogue, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2016.