Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa | Mrs Bennett Biography
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, also known as Mrs. Bennett, was born to the Pintubi tribe, around 1935 in Yumara, north of Docker River, Western Australia. Later, she moved to Kintore. She was the wife of John Bennett Tjapangati (c.1930-2002), a Pintupi speaker from Mukulurruone and one of the original artists at Papunya in the 1970’s.
Mrs. Bennett started painting in the early 1990s. Together with Naata Nungurrayi and other senior women from Haasts Bluff and Kintore, they were introduced to painting materials as a means to express and record their Dreaming stories in a collaborative project on canvas in 1994. This resulted in an exhibition titled ‘Minyma Tjukurrpa’ and was held at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in 1995.
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa lived in Kintore, but developed a free and original style in contrast to the artists working around her, who preferred the very precise dot-painting method. As a result, Mrs Bennett would go on to become one of the most respected Pupunya Tula women artists, known for this freer expressionistic style and strong use of bold and contrasting colour.
Nyurapayia was rated in the top 50 of Australia’s most collectable artists in 'Australian Art Collector' Issue 15, January – March 2001. Having been exhibited widely across Australia, Singapore and Germany, Mrs Bennett's work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, The Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank and in corporate and private collections internationally.
Mrs Bennett passed away on January 28th, 2013 near her ancestral land of Punkilpirri. Her legacy as one of the most important Australian artists remains, a testament to her ground-breaking and dynamic style.
Art Bank, Sydney
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
Gantner Myer Collection, San Francisco, USA
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
EXHIBITIONS2007 Papunya Tula, Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia.
2007 Papunya Tula Women, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
2007 Survey-Group show of emerging artists, Raft Artspace, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2007 The Black And White Show, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore.
2006 Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2006 Paintings By Papunya Tula Artists, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2006 Pintubi Dreaming, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2006 Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
2006 Across The Board, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2004 The Inner and the Outer, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany
2004 All About The Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2004 Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2004 Works From Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2004 Kuniya Pilkati, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
2003 Christmas Gift Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2003 Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2003 Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Vic
2002 Next Generation - Aboriginal Art 2002, Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2002 Paintings From Our Country, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
2002 Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Tasmania
2002 Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, Brisbane City Gallery, QLD
2002 Pintupi Mens' and Womens' Stories, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2002 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2001 Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2001 Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2001 Papunya Tula 2001, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2001 Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
2001 Papunya Tula Women, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2001 Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2001 Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2001 Pintupi Women From Kintore, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2001 Size Doesn't Matter, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2000 Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Gallerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany
2000 Aboriginal Art 2000, Scott Livesey Gallery, Armadale, Vic
2000 Papunya Tula - Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2000 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT
2000 Pintupi Women - Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
1999 Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW
1999 Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, Flinders University Art Museum, Flinders University, Bedford Park, SA
1996 Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd. Alice Springs, NT
1996 C.A.A.A.C.E, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1994/1995 Minyma Tjukurrpa (collaborative project between Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) and Walungurra (Kintore) Art Centre