Joy Nangala Brown

Joy Nangala Brown

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DOB: 4 July 1966
Born: Alice Springs, NT

Joy Nangala Brown was born on 4th July 1966 in the hospital at Alice Springs, in Australia's Northern Territory. Her childhood was mostly spent at Yuendumu, although Joy did several years of schooling in Alice Springs, some 290 km away, at Yirara College. Joy moved to Nyirripi , about 130kms west of Yuendumu, in the early 1980s and has lived there ever since, although she travels back and forth to visit family.

Joy has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in Yuendumu since 2006. She paints her father's and grandfather's Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings passed down to her by her mother and father, who in turn received them from their parents. They relate directly to the land and its features, and the plants and animals that live on it.

Joy is the daughter of the successful Pintupi artist Pegleg Jampijinpa, and grew up with his artwork around her. She is married to Jay Jay Spencer, the adopted son of another highly successful artist from Yuendumu, Paddy Japaljarri Stewart. They have a daughter and a son, and grandchildren. Her daughter Debbie Napaljarri Brown also paints with Warlukurlangu Artists.

Joy enjoys hunting for goannas and bush tucker, playing cards and singing in the church choir in her spare time.

Biography Courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation


  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Charlottesville, VA, USA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Murdie Leads the Pack, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Dorothy's Daughters and Friends, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 Fire Country - Warlukurlangu Artists, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2011 From Salt Water to Salt Contemporary, McCulloch's Indigenous Art@ Salt Contemporary, Queenscliff, VIC
2010 McCulloch & McCulloch/Jive Art, Noosa, QLD
2010 Circles in the Sand, Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Charlottesville, VA, USA
2008 Warlukurlangu Wonders, Warlpiri Paintings from Yuendumu, Art Mob, Hobart
2008 Warlukurlangu Artists, La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain, UAE
2008 Representations of Country, Artitja Fine Art, Perth
2008 Opening Doors into Colourful Dreamtime, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2008 New Directions, Gecko Gallery, Broome, WA
2008 Desert Stories, Artitja Fine Art, Perth
2008 Artists of Nyirripi & Yuendumu, Japangka Gallery, Perth
2007 Yuendumu & Kimberley - Twin Indigenous Show, United Gallery, Sydney
2007 Vivid Visions, Cooee Aboriginal Art, Sydney
2007 Nyirrpi, New Work, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Emerging, Gallery Gondwana, Sydney
2007 Desert Mob, Baguette Gallery & Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Couples, painting partners from Yuendumu & Nyirrpi, Gadfly Gallery, Perth
2006 Warlpiri Artists of Yuendumu, Japingka Gallery, Perth