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Nonggirrnga Marawili

Nonggirrnga Marawili

Nonggirrnga Marawili is one of the most highly regarded artists at Buku Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, Northern Territory for her highly sophisticated bark paintings and Larrakitj. Marawili’s organic patterns in her remarkable artworks reflect an engrained, natural understanding of her culture, history and environment. Her practice began in her highly successful printmaking until recently when she reinvigorated her art form to paint bank and larrakitj in a totally new and supranational way.  

Marawili also draws inspiration for her artistic practice from her familial ties. She paints the cross-hatched motifs from the Djapu clan of her late husband, artist and statesman D. Mununggurr, the designs of her mother’s Galpu clan, as well as those belonging to her own Madarrpa clan.

Will Stubbs, co-ordinator at Buku Larrnggay Mulka, Yirrkala, provides further insight into the striking patterns contained in Marawili’s artwork:

The patterns made by a person who lives organically and not mechanically. This is what attracts us to Nonggirrnga’s work. She paints like a plant grows. There are no straight lines even where that is all that the design consists of. A grid-like pattern that is the interwoven branches of the young saplings in the fish barrier at Wanda cannot be drawn using a ruler. If a Western artist was to draw so freely it would be after ‘unlearning’ their programming. 

Nonggirrnga Marawili joined the stable of artists at Alcaston Gallery in 1999. Her artworks have been collected by the National Gallery of Victoria, the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as many private collections.

In 2014, Nonggirrnga Marawili was announced as a finalist in the 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Alcaston Gallery represented Nonggirrnga Marawili at the Melbourne Art Fair 2014. 

In 2015 Nonggirrnga was an invited finalist in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards and WINNER of the BARK PAINTING AWARD at the 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. 

Also in 2015, Alcaston Gallery was delighted to present the artist's third solo exhibition of new bark paintings in ochre entitled 'Lightning and the Rock', and to represent Marawili at Sydney Contemporary 15 art fair. 

A significant collection of Marawili's work will be featured in a major North American touring exhibition entitled Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia. Launched in September 2016, the exhibition will travel accross North America and Canada until 2019.

In 2017 Nonggirrnga Marawili’s paintings and Larrakitj (poles) will be featured in the National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, whilst a major solo exhibition of her work will be held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

© Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Alcaston Gallery, 2017

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013 And I am still here, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2014 Yathikpa, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2015 Lightning and the Rock, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2016 Baratjula, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

2017 Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 Gan’yu Gallery, Darwin Festival, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia  

2013 30th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2013 Sydney Contemporary 13, Carriageworks represented by Alcaston Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2014 Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2015 Sydney Contemporary 15, Carriageworks represented by Alcaston Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2015/16 Supranatural: New Work from The Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, Australian Consulate-General, New York, NY, USA 

2016-19 Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, touring exhibition: Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, The Phillips Collection, Washington, and the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

 

2016/17 Who’s Afraid of Colour, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2017 National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

 

Selected Achievments

1994 Finalist, 11th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

1996 13th National and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2012 Finalist, Togart Contemporary Art Award, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2013 Finalist, 30th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2013 Finalist, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

2014 Finalist, 31st Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2015 Finalist, Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

2015 Finalist, Hazelhurst Art On Paper Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney New South Wales, Australia

2015 Winner, Bark Painting Award, 32nd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

For an extended CV, please contact Alcaston Gallery at art@alcastongallery.com.au

 

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