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Alma Granites Nungurrayi

(1955-)

Alias: Alma Nungurrayi Granites

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Biography

Alma Nungarrayi Granites is a Warlpiri artist from Yuendumu, the daughter of senior Aboriginal artists,Paddy Japaljarri Sims and Bessie Nakamarra Sims, both founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists at Yuendumu. Alma Granites acquired her cultural heritage from her aunties, mother and father and other family members. During visits to country the dances and songs associated with the Jukurrpa were performed, and the kurruwarri (designs) associated with each Jukurrpa, were made as drawings on the ground.

Alma Nungarrayi Granites started painting in 1987, but in 2007 that she took the step to become a dedicated and accomplished artist. Her main concern was for the Jukurrpa, the design and stories passed onto her from her mother and her father. Alma explored unique ways of representing the traditional Jukurrpa using innovating painting techniques and designs while maintaining the traditional aspects of the iconography.

To expand her representation of the Jukurrpa, Alma studied the Seven Sisters Dreaming in depth through her father Paddy Japaljarri Sims. Visits to country created a stronger connection to the land where the story takes place – the large round rocks of Yanjirlpirri country create a powerful landscape where the sky and land melt into each other at night time.

A selection of paintings by Alma Nungarrayi Granites is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works.

Alma Nungarrayi Granites’ has regularly exhibited at Japingka Gallery including the following exhibitions –

2013 Nyirripi & Yuendumu Artists
2012 Alma Nungarrayi Granites – The Night Sky
2011 Alma Nungarrayi Granites – The Night Sky
2010 Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Star Dreaming
2009 Nyirripi & Yuendumu Artists

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