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