As a child, Naminapu Maymuru-White used to sit for hours patiently watching her father paint. At about the age of 12, she began to learn herself, and was taught by her father and his brother, Narritjin Maymuru, both men giants of Yolŋu art from the late fifties through to the seventies.
In recent years a strong group of female artists have emerged within the Yirrkala community. These women have been instructed in painting by their fathers and grandfathers and taught designs that have previously been the domain of men. Naminapu Maymrur is among the first to have been taught these designs and to have used them in her works.
She began making her Milŋiyawuy (Milky Way) works in 2013, marking a shift in her practice as she found her own ways of representing her clan identity.
Her new exhibition at Sullivan+Strump, MilŊiyawuy—The River of Heaven and Earth occupies both floors of the gallery and follows on from her group show at the NGV in Melbourne titled Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala and featuring Naminapu’s expansive installation on the floor of Federation Court.
We’re delighted to be presenting this very special exhibition in the gallery and online in our viewing room (email required).