aka Mrs. Bennett
Mrs. Bennett, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa born around 1935 is an
Nyurapayia was a major participant in the Kintore-Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project titled "Minyma Tjukurrpa" in 1994
and the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in 1995.
Mrs Bennett was instrumental in the development of the Haasts
Bluff/Kintore Women's Painting Camp in 1994, she
the commanding figure among today's western desert women artists, a painter of
the utmost force and will.
inherited her mother's dreamings, which are connected to sites at
Yumarra, Wantjunga and Tjalilli, rockholes near Papunya, Pukara, Ngalkinginga
Nampitjinpa lived in Kintore
however, she has
developed a free and original style in contrast to artists in
Kintore who prefer the very precise dot-painting method.
a series of locations associated with Nyurapayia’s traditional homeland.
concentric circles represent sacred waterholes which are not only a
reliable source of water but also significant ceremony sites used for
the purpose of initiation.
It is here that the senior women associated
with the location referred to as “Punkilpirri” prepared for ceremonial
The delineation of carious aspects of the land is represented
by a series of parallel and oblique lines. These include the sand
country referred to as “tali” and the rocky outcrops known as “puli”
Both of these environments.
work is represented around the world
Kelton Foundation Santa Monica
Art Bank Sydney,
Art Gallery of New South Wales,
Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory,
National Gallery of Victoria,
National Museum of Australia,
Art Gallery of South Australia,
National Art Gallery of
Homes a Court collection,
Art Gallery of Western Australia,
Donald Kahn Collection USA.
aka Mrs Bennett was married to the late John John Tjapangati Bennett, a Pintupi speaker from Mukulurru, also north of
and Kintore women camped at the roc-khole site of Yumarra, near Tjukula
in Western Australia. The roundels show the camp sites of the women who
had travelled from Punkilpirri, a large permanent water site, north-west
of Docker River in the Walter James Range. They later continued their
travels to the north through Tjukula and Tjalili.
While at Yumarra the
women performed the ceremonies associated with the area. They also
gathered the edible berries and seeds growing in the vicinity. The "U"
shapes in this painting show women camped at the rockhole site of
Yumarra, south of the large permanent warter site of Punkilpirri, north
of Docker River. The women later travelled north to Punkilpirri and
Tjukula. As they travelled they gathered the edible berries known as
kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum centrale.
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa aka
Mrs. Bennett is one of the most
important Australian Aboriginal artists.
Nyurapayia was a
participant in the Kintore-Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project in
1994. This resulted in an exhibition titled Minyma Tjukurrpa and
was held at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in 1995.
Other exhibitions of her works include ‘Twenty-five Years and Beyond’
(1999) and Australia Perspective (1999). Nyurapayia favors the use of
strong contrasts using blacks and pale yellows/creams set in relief
against a red ground. Her designs are based on the stories relating to
women’s ceremony and often depict the gathering of traditional bush
foods and the rituals that are connected with their preparation. The
depictions of the sand dune country and surrounding rocky outcrops bear
a relationship to the designs used for body painting during the
ceremonial dance referred to as “inma”.
The remote Pangkupirri rock holes, a set of clear
pools deep in the western desert's Walter James Range, are not well
known in metropolitan Australia.
But perhaps they should be, and one day
will be: their sheer, red walls, the pinnacles and crags that surround
them and the rivulets that flow from them are this continent's
equivalent of the Saint-Remy gardens or the Mont Sainte-Victoire- a
defining artistic landscape, associated with a single master.
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (aka
was named among the top 50
of Australia's Most Collectable Artists in March 2001 issue
of Australian Art Collector.
For Pangkupirri is the constantly depicted subject of "Mrs Bennett",
Nyurapaia Nampitjinpa, the commanding figure among today's western
desert women artists, a painter of the utmost force and will. The
Australian February 15, 2010.
was named the top 50 Australia's most Collectable Artists.
treasure, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa
passed away 28 January 2013.
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, artist of a universe of song and desert law
style of painting in
contrast to other Kintore artists,
one of the most
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, known as
Mrs. Bennett, helped shape
the Aboriginal women's painting movement.
Art of Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)
Ken McGregor, Ralph
Hobbs, The Art of Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Macmillan
Art Publishing, 2014, p. 84 (illus.).
Having been exhibited widely
across Australia, Singapore and Germany, Mrs Bennett's work
is included in the collections of the
National Gallery of
The Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory, National Gallery of Victoria,
Artbank and in corporate and private collections
Mrs Bennett loved the strong contrasts using blacks and pale
yellows/creams set in relief often against a red ground.
designs were based on the stories relating to women's
ceremony and regularly depicted the gathering of traditional
bush foods and the rituals connected with their preparation.
The depictions of the sand dune country and surrounding
rocky outcrops bear a relationship to the designs used for
body painting during the ceremonial dance referred to as 'inma'.
Mrs. Bennett painted her
mother's Dreamings which are connected to sites at Yumarra,
Wantjunga and Tjalilli rockholes near Papunya, Pukara,
Ngalkinginga and Munkara rockholes. She was deeply concerned
with women's culture, and her designs often depicted women's
ceremonies and rituals. The gathering of bush tucker such as
Kampurarrpa (desert raisin) and quandong are also central
Mrs Bennett passed away on January 28th 2013 near her
ancestral land of Punkilpirri.
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa was born at Yumarra. In the early hours of Monday,
28 January 2013, in the far reaches of her ancestral country, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa
aka Mrs. Bennett,
the most forceful and overwhelming of the first western desert artists, reached
the end of her remarkable life.
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa aka
28th January 2013).
National Gallery of
National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Museum of Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Homes a Court Collection, Perth
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
Donald Kahn Collection USA
Aboriginal art is the most important contemporary art to come
out of this ancient land.
Each painting tells a story as well as having an imposing decorative
element to the art work.
Aboriginal art is part of a living tradition
and as the culture goes through a transition, major changes are taking
place in the aboriginal communities and people move to the towns
learning western ways.
The artist’s age thus it is probably the last
chance that anyone on this planet can buy such authentic indigenous work
Aboriginal paintings are
of art that look superb in modern buildings and they signify, for the
people who display them a connection with the present as well as the
past. You have an opportunity to purchase the work of the mature,
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2006 Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
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