Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa | Mrs Bennett Biography

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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



    2007  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