Nora Wompi Nungurrayi

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DOB: c.1935-2017
Born: Lilparu, Great Sandy Desert, WA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Kukatja
COMMUNITY: Balgo, WA

Wompi was born in the Great Sandy Desert in a place called Lilbaru. This is close to Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route. Here she lived a traditional nomadic life until her early twenty's. Wompi recalls it was near Well 33 that she saw a white person for the first time. Nomadic life was harsh during dry times and she tells of the long walk into the Balgo Mission with her mother and brother. In Balgo she cooked bread at the bakery and tended to the goats. This is also where she met her husband, the brother to fellow artist Lucy Yukenbarri. Wompi and her husband, Dick Cowboy would paint together as is common with husband and wives in Balgo. They spent some time in Fitzroy Crossing until her husband passed away. Wompi then decided to return to Well 33 where she continues to reside today. However, she visits Balgo regularly to see family and to paint. Her work oscillates between intricate tracings of familiar country and painterly strokes of bold colour, stories of spirit men, spirit dogs and love magic reverberate in the paintings full of charm and beauty.

Collections

  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice

History

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016-2017 One Road: Aboriginal Art from Australia’s Deserts, Travelling Exhibition in Japan, curated by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2010-2013 Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route, Touring Exhibition, by the National Museum of Australia, Canberra