Yinarupa Nangala Biography

Yinarupa Nangala - Aboriginal Artist from Western Desert

Keeping Culture Alive

Yinarupa Nangala  a  Pintupi artist c1960  was born  at Mukula, in the region of today's settlement of Kiwirrkurra. is the daughter of one of Papunya Tula Artists greats, Anatjari Tjampitjinpa.  Yinarupa Nangala, spends her time between her community of Kiwirrkurra and in Alice Springs, she is wife to Pupunya Tula artist Yala Yala Gibbs.   

Yinarupa paints the rockhole site of Mukula which is her traditional land and where she was born.  These sites are where the women collect seeds of the native Acacia and grind them into flour to make bread.  The rockholes are important water sources for the desert and have great ancestral significance as women stopped at this site to perform ceremonies.

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. 


Born:         1948
Region:      Kiwirrkura, Northern Territory
Language: Pintupi

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
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