DOB: 30 August 1978
Born: Alice Springs, NT
Language Group: Warlpiri
Community: Yuendumu, NT
Steven Jupurrurla Nelson is a lifelong resident of the remote community of Yuendumu, approximately 300 kilometers northwest of Alice Springs on the Tanami road. He was raised by his late mother, Nora Nungarrayi Jurrah, and his stepfather, Frankie Jakamarra Nelson.
Steven began painting at Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in late 2014 after working at the art centre for some time. He typically paints 'Janganpa Jukurrpa' (Brush-Tail Possum Dreaming) from his mother's side.
His country is located near Nyirrpi, another remote Aboriginal community approximately 170 kilometers west of Yuendumu. His mother's and grandfather's country is also in this area. His mother's country includes the Nginyirrpalangu outstation. His grandfather, Banjo Patterson, owned country that includes Ngarupalya.
Steven enjoys the work and process of painting at Warlukurlangu. When he is not painting, he likes to relax at home, walk around the community with his dog Xena, and go hunting for kangaroos.
Biography Courtesy Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2021 Steven Jupurrurla Nelson 2021, Art Mob, Hobart
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2021 Desert Mob 30, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2021 Mid-Winter Mofo, Art Mob, Hobart
2021 Top 20 2021, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Murdie Leads the Pack, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Across the Top 2020, Art Mob, Hobart
2020 Colours of Spring, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Top 20 Exhibition, Art Mob, Hobart
2019 Summer Show & Art Parade, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC
2019 The Children of the Warlpiri, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
2019 Fire Country - Warlukurlangu Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2018 Land and Sky - Warlpiri Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA