Elizabeth Nyumi Nungurrayi

Elizabeth Nyumi Nungurrayi

Language group: Pintupi


Elizabeth Nyumi Nungurrayi was born in the bush near Jupiter Well. Nyumi's mother belonged to the country of Nynmi near Kiwirrkurra on the Pintupi side. Her father was from Alyarra in the region of the Ngaanyatjarra people.

When Nyumi was only a very young child her mother died at Kanari soakwater close to Jupiter Well. As a young girl, Nyumi lived with her family group in their country. As a teenager she walked along the Canning Stock Route into the old mission with her father and family group. There she was given clothes and taken to Billiluna Station to be trained as a domestic worker and to work for the wives of the station managers around the region.

Nyumi commenced painting in 1987 and emerged as a leading artist in the late 1990s. She is married to the artist Palmer Gordon and has four daughters, three of whom are still living and beginning to paint with strong encouragement from Nyumi.

Her elder brothers Brandy Tjungurrayi and Patrick Olodoodi are both senior lawmen and recognised artists. 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's paintings are mainly concerned with the abundant bush food in the country belonging to her family. Initially, she worked with a thick brush, covering the canvas with fluent lines in tones of yellow, green and red. She has now developed a strong personal style of thick impasto dotting, to build up fields of texture heavily laden with white, in which motifs of camp sites, coolamons, digging sticks and bush tucker stand out.

Nyumi held her first solo exhibition Parwalla at Raft Artspace in 2001. In 2004 Nyumi was represented in the Biennale of Sydney.


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

2013: Traversing Borders: Art form the Kimberley QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD

2013: Balgo Survey, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC 


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