Artist | BARRUPU YUNUPINGU


Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by BARRUPU YUNUPINGU of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka (Yirrkala). The title is Gurtha. [3548S] (Earth Pigments on Bark)

BARRUPU YUNUPINGU

Gurtha

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by BARRUPU YUNUPINGU of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka (Yirrkala). The title is Gurtha. [3529R] (Earth Pigments on Bark)

BARRUPU YUNUPINGU

Gurtha

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by BARRUPU YUNUPINGU of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka (Yirrkala). The title is Gurtha. [3527V] (Earth Pigments on Bark)

BARRUPU YUNUPINGU

Gurtha

DECEASED ARTIST - Dec 12 Barrupu Yunupingu (b.

1948) paints Ancestral Fire: the miny’tji of the Gumatj clan embodying gurtha or fire and place.

The diamond design represents fire: the red, flames; the white, smoke or ash; the black charcoal; the yellow, dust.

The structure connects the clans of this sequence of ancestral events. Barrupu’s chains of rough diamonds resemble paintings by her father Munggurrawuy and his brothers of the 1940s.

The totemic significance of fire to the Yunupingu family of the Gumatj clan is paramount: the clan language,Dhuwalandja, is itself the tongue of flame.

This language cuts through all artifice.

It incinerates dishonesty leaving only the bones of the truth. Barrupu resides at Yirrkala and worked as a nurse at the Yirrkala Clinic and Hospital from the 1960s until its closure in 1975.

Most days Barrupu and her closest sister Nyapanyapa use a deck at the Art Centre, on the site of the former clinic, as a studio.

Nyapanyapa won the 3-D Award (with a painting and video) at the prestigious Telstra Annual at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in 2007. Barrupu’s work was honoured with a solo exhibition at the Art Centre for 2009 Garma Festival with the National Gallery and Art Gallery of NSW acquiring several works.

Barrupu’s other siblings include Australians of the Year Galarrwuy and Mandawuy Yunupingu and Telstra Award winner Gulumbu Yunupingu..



DECEASED ARTIST - Dec 12 Barrupu Yunupingu (b.

1948) paints Ancestral Fire: the miny’tji of the Gumatj clan embodying gurtha or fire and place.

The diamond design represents fire: the red, flames; the white, smoke or ash; the black charcoal; the yellow, dust.

The structure connects the clans of this sequence of ancestral events. Barrupu’s chains of rough diamonds resemble paintings by her father Munggurrawuy and his brothers of the 1940s.

The totemic significance of fire to the Yunupingu family of the Gumatj clan is paramount: the clan language,Dhuwalandja, is itself the tongue of flame.

This language cuts through all artifice.

It incinerates dishonesty leaving only the bones of the truth. Barrupu resides at Yirrkala and worked as a nurse at the Yirrkala Clinic and Hospital from the 1960s until its closure in 1975.

Most days Barrupu and her closest sister Nyapanyapa use a deck at the Art Centre, on the site of the former clinic, as a studio.

Nyapanyapa won the 3-D Award (with a painting and video) at the prestigious Telstra Annual at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in 2007. Barrupu’s work was honoured with a solo exhibition at the Art Centre for 2009 Garma Festival with the National Gallery and Art Gallery of NSW acquiring several works.

Barrupu’s other siblings include Australians of the Year Galarrwuy and Mandawuy Yunupingu and Telstra Award winner Gulumbu Yunupingu..



Exhibitions that BARRUPU YUNUPINGU has exhibited at

‘Returning to Djakapurra’ – A Collection of Y…

A Collection of Fine Yirrikala Artists Art


Christmas Show 2009

Our ANNUAL Christmas Stock Room, showcasing afford…


Stock Room Show

2009 Telstra Art Award Selected Artists