Yurpiya Lionel | Artist Profile

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Mother's Country: Near Kanpi Community, APY Lands
Dreaming: Anumara (Caterpillar)

Yurpiya was born at the homeland Donald’s Well, near Kenmore Park, about 45 kms east of Ernabella. She is the daughter of Pantjiti Lionel, a very senior Pitjantjatjara woman and artist. Her family lived in Ernabella where she attended school. In 2004 Yurpiya started painting at Ernabella. She has three children and several grandchildren - her daughters Rachael and Alison Lionel are emerging painters and ceramic artists. In 2015 Yurpiya was a finalist in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. She has also worked at the Ernabella childcare centre and at the Ernabella store. Yurpiya has recently begun to experiment with abstract mark making, rather than the literal imagery of flowers, animals, insects and bush tucker that she used to paint. She is also a very accomplished fibre sculptor and weaver, using tjanpi (native grass) and raffia to make baskets, animals and vehicles.

2018 Wynne Prize Finalist, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
2017 Inuntjii – Regeneration - Aboriginal Signature • Estrangin gallery, Bruxelles, BELGIUM
2017 Nganampa Kililpi Kuwartija Tjuta pakani: Our Rising Stars II - Hazelhurst Regional Community Gallery, NSW
2017 Relative Colours - Aboriginal Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2016 Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars - Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
2016 Nganampa Kililpi Kuwartija Tjuta pakani: Our Rising Stars - Hazelhurst Regional Community Gallery, NSW
2016 Inheritance - Salt Contemporary, Queenscliff, VIC
2016 Desert Mob - Araluen Arts Centre
2016 Tradition and Innovation - Parcours des Mondes, Paris, France
2016 Kuwaritja: APY kakarara guru | New work from the Eastern APY Lands - Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2016 The Blooming Desert - Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs
2015 Tjukurpa Kunpu / Strong Culture: HOLIDAY SHOW 2015-2016 - Harvey Art Projects, USA
2015 Artisans in the Gardens - Lion Gate Lodge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
2015 Desert Mob - Araluen Arts Centre
2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Awards - Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin NT
2015 Paysages Aborigènes incarnés de l’APY land (Incarnated Aboriginal landscape from the APY lands) - Aboriginal Signature, Brussels
2015 Kuruntu mukuringkula kulira palyantja (Stories straight from the heart) - Short Street Gallery, Broome
2015 Rising Stars - Outstation Gallery, Darwin NT
2014 APY 7 - Raft ArtSpace, Alice Springs NT
2014 Desert Mob 2014 - Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT
2014 Pilanypa - Harvey Art Projects, Idaho USA
2014 Desert Colour - Talapai Gallery, Alice Springs NT
2013 Desert Mob 2013 - Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
2013 APY Lands Survey Exhibition - Outstation Gallery, Darwin NT
2013 Nyinnga (The Cold Time of the Year) - Harvey Art Projects, Idaho USA
2013 Putitja - Strathnairn Gallery, Canberra ACT
2013 Australian Vision, NAIDOC 2013 - Australian High Commission, Singapore in conjunction with Redot Gallery
2012 Kapi Ukalinganyi - Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney NSW
2012 Tjukurpa Mulapa (True Stories) - Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2012 Ngapartji Ngapartji - Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2012 Tjamuku Kamiku Tjukurpa - Outstation Gallery, Darwin NT
2011 Tjukurpa nyangatja ngananala unngu ngaranyi - Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney NSW
2011 Ernabella Undiscovered - Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River WA
2011 Ngura Kutju, Tjukurpa Pulkatjara - Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2011 Tjukurpa Irititja, Walka Kuwaritja - Marshall Arts, Adelaide SA
2011 Ernabella Arts Kuwari - Ernabella Arts Now - Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2011 Desert Mob - Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT
2010 Ngura Nganampa tjulpu wirutjara munu kapi wala wirutjara - Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2010 Recent Paintings - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2010 Ara irititja munu ara kuwaritja Ernabella-la - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2010 Our Mob - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2010 Ngura Nganampa (Our Country) - JamFactory Contemporary Craft, Adelaide SA
2009 Anangu Backyard - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2008 Nganampa Tjukurpa (Our stories) - Indigenart (Mossensson Galleries), Perth, WA
2008 Nganampa warka wiru (Our work is beautiful) - Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW
2008 Desert Mob (with Tjanpi Desert Weavers) - Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, NT


Anumara (Caterpillar)
Manta (Landscape)
Ngura (Country)
Tjulpunpa (Flowers)


Acrylic on Stretched Canvas




2016 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ArtAward, Finalist
2009 Robbie Beard Hand SPun Prize Runner Up, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, NT
2007 Special Mention, Alice Springs Beanie Festival, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs

Artworks of Yurpiya Lionel

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