MARTUMILI ARTISTS

 

Martumili Artists was established in late 2006 and supports Martu artists in Kunawarritji, Punmu, Parnngurr, Jigalong, Irrungadji (Nullagine) and Parnpajinya (Newman). Many Martu artists have close relationships with established artists amongst Yulparija, Kukatja and other Western Desert peoples and are now gaining recognition in their own right for their diverse, energetic and unmediated painting styles. Their works reflect the dramatic geography and scale of their homelands in the Great Sandy Desert and Rudall River regions of Western Australia. Martumili Artists represents speakers of Manyjilyjarra, Warnman, Kartujarra, Putijarra and Martu Wangka languages, many of whom experienced first contact with Europeans in the 1960s. 

FOUNDED IN 2006.

NEWMAN DRIVE, NEWMAN WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

Images and biographies are courtesy of the Martumili Art Centre.

The Artists;

Not a collaboration, but a reproduction project of the artists paintings in their true originality...

JAKAYU BILJABU                                                   BUGAI WHYOULTER

@COPYRIGHT  Photography, Tobias Titz

@COPYRIGHT Photography, Tobias Titz

BIO

BIRTH DATE: 1936

LANGUAGE: MANYJILYJARRA

SKIN: PURUNGU

PLACE OF BIRTH: PITU

HOME: PUNMU WA

                                                                    Jakayu was born a little way north of Pitu around 1937. She grew up around Pitu, Wikirri, Rarrki, Wantili and Nyinyari on the Canning Stock Route. Drovers travelling on the stock route would kill a bullock and give food to Jakayu's group. Jakayu and her sister married the same man (Jakayu's sister was the first wife). Jakayu has two sons who were born in the bush, and one daughter born in the mission. Her father was very wary of the Europeans who were increasingly travelling along the Canning Stock Route building new roads, as a result Jakayu and her family waited longer than most before living a traditional life.

Jakayu was travelling with her three children and a group of other people in 1963 when they were contacted by Len Beadell, who made the roads for the Woomera rocket range. Some people in the group Jakayu was travelling with had been to Jigalong previously and Len told the Jigalong mission staff that they all wanted to come into the mission. Jakayu worked as a baker at the mission and several stations before moving to Strelley station for a time.

In 1982 she moved to Punmu community. Jakayu has painted primarily in Punmu community, where she has continued to live surrounded by her children and grandchildren, teaching her grandaughters about their history and country.

Group Exhibitions 

2005 - 2016

Collections

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
GALLERY OF MODERN ART, QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Awards                                                              

2015 Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award                                                               2015 Finalist, Hedland Art Award
2013 Finalist, Hedland Art Award
2013 Finalist, Glencore Art Centre Award 

@COPYRIGHT  Photography, Tobias Titz

@COPYRIGHT Photography, Tobias Titz

BIO

BIRTH DATE: 1940

LANGUAGE: KARTUJARRA

SKIN: PURUNGU

PLACE OF BIRTH: PUKAYIYIRNA           (BALFOUR DOWNS STATION)

HOME: KUNAWARRITJI WA

Bugai was born at Pukayiyirna, on present day Balfour Downs Station, and her parents soon took her north through Jigalong and Nullagine to Kunawarritji. She grew up, walked and hunted primarily around Punmu, Kunawarritji and Kun Kun, and as a young woman travelled the Canning Stock Route where she met cattle drovers. Bugai continued to live nomadically, with her family and later with her husband, before eventually deciding to live at Jigalong Mission, with many other relatives. In recent years she has lived at Kunawarritji where she was taught to paint by Nora Nungabar and Nora Wompi. The three women paint together as often as possible. Bugai has one son Narran who lives in Hedland. She has 4 grandchildren who live in Jigalong. Her sister was fellow artist, Nancy Patterson. 

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Jartijiti (33) Bugai Whyoulter, Seva Frangos Art, Perth                                                        2010 Bugai Whyoulter, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney.

Group Exhibitions 

2005 - 2016

Collections

GALLERY OF MODERN ART, QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY                                        NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

Awards 2013

2013 Finalist, Glencore Art Centre Award
2012 Finalist, Hedland Art Award
2012 Finalist, Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize
2010 Finalist, Western Australian Indigenous Art Award                                                     Finalist, 29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award