Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu

Nyapanyapa in Art Guide

Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu’s practice defies easy categorisation. The Yolŋu artist is known primarily for her bark paintings but she has also made ghostly fields of larrakitj, drawn on acetate, worked in multimedia, recycled materials and sculpted animals from beach hibiscus.

Early works drew from her life. In 2008 she won the Wandjuk Marika 3D Memorial Award in the Telstra NATSIAAs for a multimedia work about the time she was gored by a wild buffalo. The work shook the art world’s preconceptions about the style and subject matter of Yolŋu art. Other works from this time feature animals, hunting parties and a visit to Sydney, including Sydney hotel and wild apple orchard, 2008. But she soon veered in another direction…

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