Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa Indigenous Australian, b. 1935-2013


Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (aka Mrs. Bennett) is an extremely important artist that has exhibited widely across Australia, Singapore and Germany. She paints her mother’s dreamings, which are connected to sites at Yumarra, Wantjunga and Tjalilli. She is extremely interested in women’s culture and is very inspired by women’s ceremonies and rituals, which are reoccurring themes in her work. Nyurapayia likes strong colour contrasts in her work, typically using blacks and pale yellows/creams against a red background.


Even though she lived in Kintore, she maintained a style that was characteristically her own. This individualism made her one of the most respected Papunya Tula women artists.


In ‘Australia Art Collector’ Issue 15, January-March 2001, Nyurapayia was rated in the top 50 of Australia’s most collectable artists. Her work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, The Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank and in corporate and private collections internationally.


Sadly, Mrs Bennett passed away on January 28th, 2013 near her Country, Punkilpirri.



Art Bank, Sydney 
Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Museum of Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Homes a Court Collection, Perth
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
Donald Kahn Collection USA
Gantner Myer Collection, San Francisco, USA
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands



2007  Papunya Tula, Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia.
2007  Papunya Tula Women, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland.
2007  Survey-Group show of emerging artists, Raft Artspace, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2007  The Black And White Show, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore.
2006  Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2006  Paintings By Papunya Tula Artists, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2006  A Particular Collection, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2006  Pintubi Dreaming, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2006  Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
2006  Across The Board, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2004  The Inner and the Outer, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany
2004  All About The Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2004  Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2004  Works From Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2004  Kuniya Pilkati, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic
2003  Christmas Gift Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
2003  Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2003  Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Vic
2002  Next Generation - Aboriginal Art 2002, Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2002  Paintings From Our Country, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
2002  Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Tasmania
2002  Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, Brisbane City Gallery, QLD
2002  Pintupi Mens' and Womens' Stories, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
2002  Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2001  Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2001  Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2001  Papunya Tula 2001, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2001  Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
2001  Papunya Tula Women, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2001  Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2001  Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2001  Pintupi Women From Kintore, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2001  Size Doesn't Matter, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2000  Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Gallerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany
2000  Aboriginal Art 2000, Scott Livesey Gallery, Armadale, Vic
2000  Papunya Tula - Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2000  17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT
2000  Pintupi Women - Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
1999  Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW
1999  Twenty Five Years and Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting, Flinders University Art Museum, Flinders University, Bedford Park, SA
1996  Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd. Alice Springs, NT
1996  C.A.A.A.C.E, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1994/1995  Minyma Tjukurrpa (collaborative project between Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) and Walungurra (Kintore) Art Centre