Bugai Whylouter | Artist Profile

Details of Bugai Whylouter


Bugai was born at Pukayiyirna, on present day Balfour Downs Station, and her parents soon took her north through Jigalong and Nullagine to Kunawarritji. She grew up, walked and hunted primarily around Punmu, Kunawarritji and Kun Kun, and as a young woman travelled the Canning Stock Route where she met cattle drovers. Bugai continued to live nomadically, with her family andl ater with her husband, before eventually deciding to live at Jigalong Mission, with many other relatives. In recent years she has lived at Kunawarritji where she was taught to paint by Nora Nungabar and Nora Wompi. The three women paint together as often as possible. Bugai has one son Narran who lives in Hedland. She has 4 grandchildren who live in Jigalong. Her sister was fellow artist, Nancy Pattererson.

Solo Exhibitions
2011 - Jartijiti (33) Bugai Whyoulter, Seva Frangos Art, Perth
2010 - Bugai Whyoulter, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney

Group Exhibitions
2016 - Three Deserts Singing
2016 - Martumili Artists – Nyliangkurr
2016 - Desert Mob
2016 - Hedland Art Award
2016 - 33: Wompi Bugai Nungabar
2016 - Summer Salon and Art Parade
2015 - Palya, Martumili Artists, Tjarlirli Art and Warakurna Artists
2015 - Leading Ladies
2015 - Tarnanthi
2015 - Desert Mob
2015 - Martumili Artists
2015 - Pukurlpa - Good Inside
2015 - Together as One Martu - Art from the far Western Desert
2015 - The Summer Collectors Show 2015
2014 - Martumili
2014 - Martu Art From the Western Desert
2014 - Desert Mob
2014 - Malya Yuturringu; be a star
2014 - Right Now
2013 - Salon des Refuses, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2013 - Ngayunlu-laju parturnparakula kujungka: Old people painting together
2013 - Painting It Martu Way, Art Mob, Hobart
2013 - Selected works by the Martumili Artists, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
2013 - The Great Sandy Desert, Yaama Ganu Gallery, Moree
2012 - We Don t Need A Map: a Martu experience of the Western Desert
2012 - Deserts & Rivers, FORM Gallery, Perth
2012 - Martumili Artists 2012, Merenda Gallery, Perth
2012 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2012 - Warla: an explanation of the salt lakes in the Great Sandy Desert, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2012 - Martumili Artists Recent Works, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne
2012 - Martumili Artists at Art Mob, Art Mob, Hobart
2011 - Martumili Artists, Outback Fusion Festival, Newman
2011 - Jakulpa laju kartyinpa (Bringing a message), Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2011 - Green, Outstation, Darwin
2011 - Yiwarra Kuju – One Road, One People, Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Perth
2011 - Yiwarra Kuju – One Road, One People, Australian Museum, Sydney
2011 - Waru! Holding Fire in Australias Western Desert, Thomas Welton Gallery, Stanford University, San Francisco
2010 - Shalom Gamarada Ngiyani Yana (We walk together as friends), Waterhole Art, Sydney
2010 - Martumili Group Exhibition, Redot Art Gallery, Singapore
2010 - Yiwarra Kuju – One Road, One People, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2010 - Warla Tjartrjal (Edge of the Lake), Short Street Gallery, Broome
2019 - Wangka-Lampaju (Our Story), Randell Lane Gallery, Perth
2009 - Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2009 - Warranpalampa (Our Country), William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2009 - Yankuni laju karnkani kujungka (We are travelling together by air), Red Dot Gallery, Singapore
2009 - Warranpalampaju kayili yaninpa (Our Country travelling north), Raft Art Space, Darwin
2008 - Laltu tujuparaku, yulpalpa yirnaparaku (Lots of women, little bit men), Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2008 - Jitirangu (Rainbow), Randell Lane Gallery, Perth
2008 - Ngurra waltja wakarni (We are painting country), Short St Gallery, Broome
2008 - Martumili Artists Recent Works, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne

Balfour Downs, Canning Stock Route, Jigalong, Jirkupuka
Juntujuntu, Juuku, Kalpaa
Kunawarritji, Kartarru, Karltatu, Kun Kun, Kurru, Kuwarrijiana, Lalki, Mamunarta
Minyi Puru, Ngurra, Ninjarna, Warnu, Well 28, Wilpirri


2013 Finalist, Glencore Art Centre Award
2013 finalist, 29th telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award
2012 Finalist, Hedland Art Award
2012 Finalist, Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize
2010 Finalist, Western Australian Indigenous Art Award

Artworks of Bugai Whylouter