b. 1935 - 2013
Language: Pintupi and Ngaatjatjarra
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)
b. 1935 - 2013
Nyurapayia Nampitjijnpa was one of the great characters of the Kintore region, instrumental in the development of the Haasts Bluff/Kintore Women's Painting Camp in 1994.
Nyruapayia Nampitjinpa (aka 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. The depictions of the sand-dune country and surrounding rocky outcrops bear a relationship to the designs used for body painting during the inma ceremonial dance. Deeply concerned with women's culture, her designs often depict women's ceremonies and rituals. The gathering of bush tucker such as kampurarrpa (desert raisin) and quandong are also central themes.
Mrs Bennett favoured strong contrasts, using blacks and pale yellows/creams set in relief against, often, a red ground. Her acclaimed work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank and in corporate and private collections internationally.
31 July 2019
Some exceptional works that have recently come to the gallery have been selected for special viewing by our Art Director. Artist include: Ben Quilty, Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett), Jun Chen, Nicholas Blowers and Chen Ping.
\ Exhibitions featuring Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)
2 September — 23 September 2023
9 September — 2 October 2021
5 August — 22 August 2020
22 February — 10 March 2018
8 December 2015 — 15 January 2016
12 February — 20 February 2015