Galuma Maymura – Australian Indigenous Aboriginal Artist

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Galuma Maymura is the surviving daughter of the great Narritjin. Gamula was one of the first Yolnu women to be instructed to paint (by her father) the sacred clan designs that were previously the domain of high ranking men. In preparation for her solo exhibition of her art she prepared the following statement:

“This is what I really learnt from my father. First when I was still in school at Yirrkala he used to let me sit next to him, me and my brothers and he used to show us all the paintings from Wayawu and Djarrakpi. And he’d say this is our paintings and I’m telling you this about the paintings for in the future when I’m passed away you can use them.

Then I forgot all about this when I was in school- then I stopped but I was still thinking the way he was teaching us. Then one day I decided to start on a bark by helping him at Yirrkala. Every afternoon after work I used to sit with him and paint little barks – mostly from Djarrakpi but a little from the freshwater country at Wayawu but not Milnaywuy.

Then I was keep on doing it over and over on cardboard until my hand it gets better and better and I put it in my mind, then it was working and I kept on doing it.
I went to Djarrakpi with my family to live with my father and my mother and brothers. My brothers passed away and we had to go back to Yirrkala. I left my father and mother there when I went to live at Baniyala. My husbands family were living there. I was teaching at the Baniyala school still doing a little bit of painting but mainly schooling. When father and family died I stopped painting – just doing school work.

Once I moved to Dhuruputjpi in 1982 I started to paint again because no one else was doing it and I was thinking about the way my father was talking and how did he handle all this. How did my father do all this- travel and paint- how to handle painting so I kept on thinking. I’m not really prouding myself but I wanted to do this painting as my father did it and to keep it in my mind. But I really want this painting to keep going. My gurrun he is looking after it as his Mari (mothers mothers side) and others are looking after it. I have to teach my kids incase someone might steal the designs. So my kids can know what their mothers paintings is”

As a participant in the groundbreaking exhibition ‘Buwayak’ at Annandale Galleries in 2003 and a winner of that year’s Best Bark painting prize at the Telstra Aboriginal Art Awards her significance cannot be overstated. Galuma Maymura’s health problems have not stopped her from painting or living in remote homelands of Dhuruputjpi, Djarrakpi or Yilpara. She is a fierce advocate and mainstay of homeland life.

Date of Birth             1951

Language                  Manggalili

Country                     Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land

Alternate Names      Maymura, Maymaru, Maymurru, Wirrpanda

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014               The Torrent Galuma Maymuri, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2007               Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2005               Solo exhibition in conjunction with Source of Fire
2001               Sacred Bark Paintings from Outstation artist Galuma Maymuru, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1999               In Memory of Narritjin, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne, VIC 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016               Gapan 16 – Prints from Garma 2016 – Chapman & Bailey and Hanging    Vallery, Melbourne VIC
2016               Tradition & Innovation – Paris Parcours des Mondes 2016-Aboriginal Signature • Estrangin Gallery
2015               Lundumirringu – Annandale Galleries, Sydney NSW
2015               Revolution: New work celebrating 20 years of printmaking at Yirrkala Print Space. – Nomad Art, Darwin 2015
2015               Buku-Larrnggay Mulka – Yirrkala Print Space Exhibition – Gapan Gallery, Garma Festival, Gulkula, Northeast Arnhem Land NT
2015               Mother to Daughter: On Art and Caring for Homelands – The Cross Art Projects, Sydney NSW
2013               30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award – Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT
2013               FOUND – Annandale Galleries, Sydney NSW
2013               Prized – Nomad Art, Darwin, NT
2012               The Philosophy of Water, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2010               17th Biennale of Sydney, ‘Larrakitj- the Kerry Stokes Collection’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. NSW
2009               Larrakitj from Yirrkala, Indigenart- Mossenson Gallery, Perth WA
2009               Larrakitj – the Kerry Stokes Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia,
2008               Outside Inside, Bett Gallery, Hobart, TAS
2007               Bukulunthnmi- Coming Together, One Place, Raft Artspace, Darwin,
2007               Galuku Gallery, Festival of Darwin, NT
2006               Dreaming their way- Australian Aboriginal Women Painters’, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, USA
2006               Bulayi- Small Gems’, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2005               Yakumirri, Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth, WA
2005               Yakumirri, Raft Art Space, NT
2004               Circle, Line, Column, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
2004               21st National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
2003               20th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
2003               Larrakitj, Rebecca Hossack Gallery
2003               Buwayak, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2002               Sydney Opera House Larrakitj Installation
2002               19th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
2002               Bark Paintings by Galuma and Dhukal, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2001               Garma Larrkitji Installation
2001               New from Old, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2000               Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Awards, Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
1999/2001    Saltwater Country- Bark Paintings from Yirrkala, The Drill Hall Gallery, ANU, Canberra, ACT and touring
1998               15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
1997               14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
1996               Big Barks, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
1996               13th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
1996               Miny’tji Dhawu, Savode Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1992               9th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
1984               The First National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory 

COLLECTIONS

Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia, Perth
National Museum of Australia, Canberra
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
JW Kluge Collection, Virginia, USA
The Gantner Myer Collection, Melbourne VIC
National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Kerry Stokes Iarrakitj Collection
Harland Collection
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Holmes a Court Collection
Seattle Art Museum
Woodside Energy Ltd. Art Collection
Liz and Colin Laverty Collection

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Gong Wapitja- Women and Art from Yirrkala, Gillian Hutchenson, Aboriginal Studies Press
Films from the Ian Dunlop series “the Yirrkala Project”; “Baniyala” and “One Mans Response”
Salt Water- Yirrkala Bark Paintings of the Sea Country. Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre in conjunction with Jennifer Isaacs Publishing,1999
Art From the Land. University of Virginia, edited by Howard Morphy and Margo Smith Bowles 1999.
Spirit Country- Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art by Jennifer Isaacs 1999

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