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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 work by Nonggirrnga Marawili was featured in a major North American touring exhibition entitled Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia. Launched in September 2016, the exhibition travelled to the 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.

2017 offered another extraordinary milestone in the artist’s already stellar career. Nonggirrnga Marawili’s paintings and Larrakitj (poles) features in Defying Empire the National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia. Marawili also featured in Who’s Afraid of Colour at the National Gallery of Victoria, an exhibition that brought together a broad range of Indigenous women artists whose practices are unbounded by convention and included bold statements that explored colour and asserted the politics of identity.

In 2018 the Art Gallery of New South Wales presented a major solo exhibition From my Heart and Mind by Nonggirrnga Marawili. This significant exhibition and accompanying catalogue spanned the artist’s career with a focus on the last five years. The exhibition was curated by Cara Pinchbeck, Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales.  

 

In 2019 Nonggirrnga Marawili was announced as winner of the Roberts Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prize, as part of the prestigious Wynne Prize 2019 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Nonggirrnga Marawili was also announced winner of the Telstra Bark Painting Award at the 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.  

© Buku-Larrnggay Mulka and Alcaston Gallery, 2019

 

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     Progression, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2018     Nonggirrnga Marawili, Baratjala: sea spray and lightning strike, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2018-19 From my Heart and Mind, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 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

2017-20 Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial (travelling exhibition): National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia (26 May – 10 September 2017); Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (24 March – 15 July 2018); University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (28 July – 11 November 2018); Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia (9 March – 26 May 2019); Mildura Art Gallery, Mildura, Victoria, Australia (26 July – Sunday 13 October 2019); Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia (15 November 2019 – 9 February 2020); Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney New South Wales, Australia (5 March – 6 September 2020)

2017     34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2017     TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

2018     The Alice Prize Finalist Exhibition, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2018     National Works on Paper, The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia

2018     Luminosity, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

2018     Melbourne Art Fair 2018, Southbank Arts Precinct, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2018     Miny'tji - Essence of the Land - Aboriginal Signature, Estrangin Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

2018     National Works on Paper prize (Finalist), Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia

2018     The Hassall Collection - A Selection of Contemporary Indigenous Art, Wangaratta Art Gallery, New South Wales, Australia

2019     Sea Change Tree Change Changing Together, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2019-20 Before Time Began – Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Fondation Opale, Lens, Switzerland

2019     Pink Lightning, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2019-20TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia 

 

Selected Achievments

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

2017     Finalist, 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award

2018     Finalist, The Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

2019     Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2019     Finalist, 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2019     WINNER, The Roberts Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prize, as part of the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2019     WINNER, Telstra Bark Painting Award, 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Collections:

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States of America

The Berndt Museum, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Kaplan and Levi Collection, Seattle, USA

Bérengère Primat Collection, Switzerland

City of Stonnington, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Murdoch University, Western Australia

Viva Energy Collection, Australia

Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan Wesfamers Collection, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Trinity College Art Collection, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ormond College Art Collection, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fondation Opale, Switzerland

Private Collections

 

 

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

 

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