Ningie Nanala - Yula - 238-17

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Artist: Ningie Nanala

Title: Yula

Cat. No. 238-17

Size: 100 x 50

Acrylic on linen.


Ningie has painted some of her country located south of Balgo in the Great Sandy Desert.  This country is known as Yula after the tjurrnu (soakwater) depicted as the circle in the painting.  The many parallel lines represent floodplains as well as the tali (sand hills) found in this country.  This is the country of Ningie's youth.


Ningie was born in the Pippar/Kiwirrkurra area. Her mother and father died when she was very young, and she came to the Balgo Mission on the invitation of Aboriginal people living there, when her family group was camped at Lirrwati close to Balgo. Like many people at that time, she returned to her own country before settling more permanently at the old mission, first at Tjalyiwarn, then at its present site at Wirrumanu from 1962. As a young girl she tended the mission goats, gathering bush food for them to eat. She married and had four children. After her first husband passed away, she married Tjumpo, another important Balgo artist, and had a further five children.
Ningie's bold and dramatic style is highly sought after and her unique application of thick 'rivers' of paint result in a highly unique style. Ningie loves to paint and is dedicated and prolific artist.

Group Exhibitions

2003 Eight by Three, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2003 Purtatjanirri Kamu Warrmala, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2003 Balgo Brilliance, Art Mob, Hobart
2003 Palya Minyirri, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast
2002 Balgo Hills, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2002 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2002 Balgo, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
2002 Balgo Hills Artists 2002, Art Mob Aboriginal Fine Art, Tasmania
2002 Art from Balgo, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2002 Kutjungka, Passing it On: Works from Balgo Hills, Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor
2002 Balgo Hills Artists 2002, Art Mob, Aboriginal Fine Art, Battery Point, Tasmania
2002 Land of Dreamings, Australia Centre, Berlin, Germany
2002 Balgo Hills: An artist's survey, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2002 Big Colour My Country, Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast
2001 Beyond Wings, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
2001 Short on Size, Short St. Gallery, Broome
2001 Kutjungka, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2001 New Paintings from Balgo, Cutliffe Gallery, Sydney
2001 Recent Works by Artists from Balgo Hills, Ochre Gallery, Collingwood, Victoria
2001 Past Modern: an exhibition of Kimberley Landscapes, Short Street Gallery in conjunction with Australia Square, Sydney
2000 Waltja ? Family, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2000 Balgo Art, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2000 Balgo Hills Aboriginal Paintings, Bett Gallery, Hobart
2000 Ikuntji Artists/Warlayirti Artists, Desart Gallery, Sydney
2000 Dreaming in Colour: Australian Aboriginal Art from Balgo, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA
1999 Aboriginal Art, IHK, W?rzburg, Germany
1999 Miliynyin, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1999 Miliynyin, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
1998 Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany
1998 Dreamings, Vlaams-Europeesch Conferentiecentrum, Brussels, Belgium
1997 14th National ATSI Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
1997 Big Balgos: Recent Paintings by Warlayirti Artists, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1997 Balgo Paintings, Seywald Gallery, Salzburg, Austria
1997 New Painting by Balgo Women, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
1997 Daughters of the Dreaming: Sisters Together Strong, Art Gallery of Western Australia
1997 Dreamings, Arnhem, The Netherlands
1997 Goteborgs Konstforening, Goteborg, Sweden
1997 Innenseite: Projektgruppe Stoffwechsel, Kassel & G?ttingen, Germany
1996 Balgo Hills: Art of the Place, Derek Simpkins Gallery of Tribal Art, Vancouver BC, Canada
1995 New Works by the Artists of Balgo Hills, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington
1995 On the Trail of the Kingfisher: Aboriginal Art from Balgo Hills, Western Desert, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington
1995 Aboriginal Paintings and Prints, on loan from the collection of Robert and Barbara Bromberg, New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, Wisconsin, USA
1994 Wirrimanu: Aboriginal Art from Balgo, Framed, the Gallery, Darwin
1994 Desert Spirit Paintings, Channing Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
1993 Wirrimanu: the Art of Balgo Hills, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington
1992 Warlayirti Artists' Homelands, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington
1990 Songlines: Paintings from Balgo Hills, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
1990 The Singing Earth, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
1990 A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne; Design Warehouse Sydney (through Lauraine Diggins Fine Art)


Morven Estate
Laverty Collection
Kluge Ruhe Collection, USA
Artbank, Sydney
Thomas Vroom Collection, Amsterdam
Ken Thompson and Pierre Marecaux Collection
Helen Read Collection


1994 Dream Journeys Calendar, image reproduction
1989 Diggins, L. (ed.), A Myriad of Dreaming: Twentieth Century Aboriginal Art, exhibition catalogue, Malakoff Fine Art Press, North Caulfield, Vic

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