Eubena Yupinya Nampitjin

 
Date of Birth:

c. 1921

Country

Balgo (?)

Language:

Wangkajunga, Kukatja

Artwork:

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Eubena was born at Tjinjadpa, west of Jupiter Well on the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia and is one of the pre-eminent women in the Balgo Community.  She is a recognised Law Keeper and her knowledge of traditional practises and law is very deep.

Eubena Nampitjin is one of the best-known Balgo painters.  She was taught to be a maparn (traditional healer) by her mother, Moogaga.  Her family hunted and gathered bush tucker on the northern fringes of the Great Sandy Desert, also performing sacred ceremonies. 

She is held in high esteem by her peers for her importance in matters of tradition and ceremony as well as for the quality of the art that she produces. Eubena's work is very feminine, mostly using pinks, reds, yellows and oranges, with flowing lines and brush work that create a great sense of movement and energy in the work.

A senior member of the Mulan and Balgo communities in WA and leading western desert artist who often painted with her husband Wimmitji. Her work is held in major national and international art collections.

Eubena still regularly spends time out in the bush, away from the “humbug” of community life, being in such demand as an important artist.

Eubena paints Tingari cycle(ancestral women) and the Wati Kutjarra (two men dreaming).  She also paints the sacred stories of the Kangaroo Dreaming, Dingo Dreaming, Goanna Dreaming, Bush Tomato Dreaming.

Her work is in major public and private collection nationally and internationally.

2001 “Australian Art collector” magazine did a large article on her, stating that she was rated as one of the 50 most collectable artists in Australia

Exhibitions

2002 Balgo Hills, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.

2002 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.

2002 19th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin.

2002 Balgo Hills Artists 2002, Art Mob, Aboriginal Fine Art, Hobart.

2002 Art from Balgo, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs.

2002 Balgo Hills: An artist’s survey, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.

2002 Big Colour My Country, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast.

2001 Opening Exhibition, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast.

2001 Beyond Wings, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.

2001 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.

2001 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.

2001 18th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin.

2001 Kutjungka, Bett Gallery, Hobart.

2001 Balgo Works, Staedtische Gallery, Wolsfburg, Germany.

2001 Recent Works by Artists from Balgo Hills, Ochre Gallery, Collingwood, 2001 Balgo Artists Return to Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. 2001 Spirituality & Australian Aboriginal Art, Alcaston Gallery, Madrid, Spain. 2000 The Westside: Images in Ochre and Colour, Coo-ee II Exhibiting Gallery, Yuwayi Art Precinct, World Square, Sydney. 2000 Olympic Exhibition, Coo-ee Exhibiting Gallery, Yuwayi Art Precinct, World Square, Sydney.

2000 Balgo Hills, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.

2000 17th NATSIAA, Museum Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

2000 Waltja - Family, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.

2000 Accents Australiens,l’Espace Adamski Designs, Paris, France.

2000 Balgo Art, Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs.

2000 Balgo Hills Aboriginal Paintings, Bett Gallery, Hobart.

2000 Dreaming in Colour: Australian Aboriginal Art from Balgo, Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA.

2000 Aboriginal Art, Galerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany.

1999 16th NATSIAA, Museum Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

1999 Aboriginal Art, IHK, Wurzburg, Germany.

1999 30th Alice Prize, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.

1999 Mularrpa (True) Balgo, Framed, the Gallery, Darwin.

1999 Miliynyin, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney (special feature).

1999 Miliynyin, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle.

1998 Ngurrara: My Own Country, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.

1998 15th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

1998 The Laverty Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

1998 A Thousand Journeys, Helen Read Collection, touring exhibition.

1998 14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, touring exhibition.

1997 ‘Yarrtji’ Six Women’s Stories from the Great Sandy Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs.

1997 In Place (Out Of Time): Contemporary Art in Australia, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK.

1997 14th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

1997 Big Balgos: Recent Paintings by Warlayirti Artists, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.

1997 New Paintings by Balgo Women, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne.

1997 Daughters of the Dreaming: Sisters Together Strong, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

1996 Songlines XV: Balgo Hills, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK.

1995 Stories: A Journey Around Big Things, Work by 11 Aboriginal Artists, touring, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Museum fur Volkerkunde Leipzig, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Ludwig-Forum fur Internationale Kunst Aachen, Germany.

1995 Two Men Dreaming: New Art from Balgo Hills, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington.

1995            Two Men Dreaming, Art from Balgo Hills, Kimberley Art, Melbourne

1995 Landscape as Language: Australian Perspectives Fine Art Gallery, Brisbane.

1994 Wirrimanu: Australian Aboriginal Art from Balgo Hills WA, Channing Gallery, Santa Fe, USA, in association with Adrian Newstead, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington.

1994 Power of the Land: Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

1993 Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

1993 Australian Aboriginal Art, Salon de Sud-Est. City of Lyon, in conjunction with Dettinger Mayer Gallery; toured Gallerie Nurnaga, Neuchatel, France; Pujol Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.

1992 65e Salon du Sud-Est, Palais des Expositions, Lyon, France.

1992 Flash Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

1992 Eubena and Wimmitji, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi,Melbourne.

1991 Paintings by Senior Women from the Western Desert, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne.

1991 Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and travelling.

1991 Warlayirti Artists, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.

1991 Some Aboriginal Women: a survey of Contemporary Women’s Art, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington.

1991 Mulun: the Art of the Great Sandy Desert, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington.

1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1990: from Australia, touring Glasgow, Swansea and Manchester, UK.

1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1990 from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, touring USA.

1990 The Singing Earth, Chapman Gallery, Canberra.

1990 Eubena Nampitjin and Wimmitji Tjapanarti, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.

1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1990 from Australia, Tagari Lia: My Family Festival, Third Eye Centre, Scotland.

1990 Paintings from Balgo WA, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.

1989 Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert, National Gallery of Victoria.

1989 Warlayirti Artists: Continuing Links with Land, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington.

1986 Art from the Great Sandy Desert, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia

National Gallery of Victoria

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Artbank , Sydney

The Holmes a Court Collection

Morven Estate

Helen Read Collection

Harland Collection

The Laverty Collection

 

Awards

1998, Winner of Telstra Open Painting Award, 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

Bibliography

2002, McCulloch, S. The World from a Feminine Perspective, The Australian, 25 March.

2001, Borham, Susan (Editor-in-chief), Australian Art Collector Issue 15, Jan-March 2001, Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists (p.57); Collector’s Dossier: Yupinya Nampitjin (p.100), Gadfly Media Publications, Sydney.

1995, Brody, A., Krempel, U., Bahr, E., (eds), Stories, Eine Reise zu den grossen Dingen, exhibition catalogue, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany.

1994, Dream Journeys Calendar, image reproduction.

1994, Johnson, V., The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, NSW.

1991, Glowczewski, B., Yapa Peintres Aborigenes de Balgo et Lajamanu, Lebon Gallery, Paris.

1989, Ryan, J., Mythscapes: Aboriginal Art of the Desert from the National Gallery of Victoria, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

 

 



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