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Title

Untitled

2016


Artist

Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

Australia

circa 1945 -

Language group

Gumatj, Arnhem region


About

‘I work alone with whatever is available. Usually ochres on bark. I travel to the art centre at Yirrkala every day to draw and paint. I have to work each day because my father told me to paint. I am not happy unless I am painting or gathering food or going to ceremony or sitting down with my family. If there is no bark I can use other things which I find.’ Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu 2015

Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu comes from the esteemed artistic dynasty - the Yunupiŋu family of north-east Arnhem Land. Her father is the famed bark painter and sculptor Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu. Her siblings Gulumbu Yunupiŋu, Barrupu Yunupiŋu and Mandawuy Yunupiŋu were all renowned artists in their own right. While her brother Galarrwuy Yunupiŋu is revered for his dedication to land rights.

Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu is perhaps the most influential artist working at Yirrkala today, who has distinguished herself by deliberately avoiding the clan stories and designs she has inherited to make works that examine aspects of the everyday and the process of creating art itself. For Yunupiŋu, the act of painting and rhythmically laying down line after line to build works of dynamic intensity is of paramount importance. Responding to the potential of her chosen materials, Yunupiŋu excels in a form of repetitious mark making to create compelling and mesmeric abstractions, as seen here in ‘Untitled’ 2016.


Details


Date

2016


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

204.0 x 69.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

6.2017


Artist information

Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

Works in the collection

8


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu, Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 25 Apr 2020–25 Oct 2020