In 2008 and 2009 Alma Nungarrayi Granites’s work featured in two exhibitions at the ReDot Fine Art Gallery in Singapore to much critical and commercial acclaim, which kicked off the career of a new generation of Aboriginal painter.
In September she will have her 1st solo exhibition ever, hot on the heels of her Australian artist-in-residence at the Shanghai World Expo in August. “Yanjirlpirri Mungangka - Under the Night Sky”, is in recognition of her growing reputation as an artist and in reaction to strong public demand for her work and will be hosted in Singapore, to coincide with her ‘artist in residency’ at ReDot Fine Art Gallery.
Nungarrayi paints for the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Cooperation which operates from a small gallery and workshop in the heart of Yuendumu – a township on Aboriginal land 300 dusty kilometres from Alice Springs in central Australia.
Warlukurlangu is a Warlpiri word meaning “belonging to fire” and is also the name of an important ceremonial and sacred site a few kilometres west of Yuendumu.
For more than three decades Warlukurlangu has exported the artistic wonders of central Australia to lovers of fine Aboriginal art across the world.
Warlukurlangu was established as an artist’s collective in 1985 to represent the interests of hundreds of Australian Aboriginal artists from the Warlpiri and Anmatyerr language groups at Yuendumu and surrounding homelands and communities.
Warlukurlangu is a not-for-profit, locally owned and controlled independent association with more than 600 members, most of whom are practising artists. It is directed by an Executive Committee composed of representatives from each of the sixteen (eight for men, eight for women) kinship groupings that provide the fundamental philosophical and religious underpinnings of local culture and traditions.
Nungarrayi’s artworks, and the arts practices that govern their production, form a bridge between the richness and vitality of the world’s oldest living culture and the modern reality of life in one of the most remote and chronically disadvantaged townships in outback Australia.
She represents every one of her fellow Aboriginal people and carries the story of her people to foreign shores with passion and thoughtfulness. Ms. Gloria Morales and Alma will be attending the opening of this show and will be available for interviews and discussions.