Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi - Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

Elizabeth Nyumi

Tribal Culture and Ceremonial Life

b. 1947, Jupiter Well

Elizabeth Nyumi was born in 1947 in the Jupiter Well area. She lived a nomadic existence with her family group on the Canning Stock Route before walking into Old Mission with her father after her mother died. Elizabeth Nyumi is married to Palmer Gordon, a senior Law man of the Billiluna community and together they teach their traditional culture to the children.

Elizabeth’s art focuses on a variety of subject matter that reflects both her tribal culture and her ceremonial life. These include the Purra or bush tomato, rockholes, coolamons, digging sticks, the Kantilli or bush raisin and the Minyali or seed, as well as the Tingari ancestral mythologies common to Pintupi artists.

Elizabeth began her painting career in 1987 and emerged as a leading artist in the late 1990s.  Her work was included in Aborigena at Monash University at Prato, Italy in 2003, after having previously been shown in the same exhibition at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy, and the Museum of Aboriginal Art, Utrecht, The Netherlands.  In 2004, Elizabeth Nyumi was selected for the Biennale of Sydney.

Her work is held in the following Collections:  the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Artbank, Sydney; the Laverty Collection, Sydney and the Holmes à Court Collection, Perth.


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