Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa 'Mrs. Bennett'

Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa, also known as Mrs. Bennett, was born around 1935 in Yumara, Western Australia. Later Mrs. Bennett moved to Kintore. She was married to the late John John Tjapangati, a Pintupi speaker from Mukulurru, also north of the Docker River. Mrs. Bennett started painting in the mid 1990s. Together with Naata Nungurrayi she was an important participant in a collaboration project on canvas between female painters of Kintore and related women from the center of Ikuntji Bluff entitled ‘Minyma Tjukurrpa’. In January 2013 Mrs. Bennet passed away.

Gradually Mrs. Bennett developed a free and original style that differs from most painters of Kintore who prefer a more precise ‘dot-painting’ method. Mrs. Bennett mostly worked with strong contrasts through the use of blacks and pale yellow and cream hues set against a reddish-brown background. Often her work depicts the gathering of traditional ’bush’ food and the rituals associated with their preparation in and around the rockhole site of Pangkupirri. Depictions of the typical sand dune landscape and the surrounding rocky outcrops show a great deal of resemblance to the patterns used for body painting that women applied during the ceremonial dance referred to as Inma.


Selected exhibitions:

2013-2014: 'Vivid Memories - An Aboriginal Art History', Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France
2007: Survey-Group show of emerging artists, Raft Artspace, Darwin, Australia? 
2006: 'Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2006: 'A Particular Collection', Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo, Australia
2006: 'Land Marks', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
2004: Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2004: 'Kuniya Pilkati', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2002: 'Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting', Academy of the Arts, University ?of Tasmania, Tasmania?
2002: 'Pintupi Artists', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2001: 'Palm Beach Art Fair', Palm Beach, Florida, USA?
2001: 'Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting', The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, Australia? 
2001: 'Pintupi Exhibition', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia 
2000: 'Papunya Tula - Genesis and Genius', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia? 
2000: '17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award', Darwin, Australia? 
2000: 'Pintupi Women', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
1999: 'Twenty Five Years and Beyond: Papunya Tula Painting', Flinders University Art Museum, ?Adelaide, Australia
1996: Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd. Alice Springs, Australia? 
1996: 'C.A.A.A.C.E', Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Australia

Born in Yumara, Western Australia in 1935

Died in *unknown* in 2013

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