Sandy Brumby | Artist Profile

Details of Sandy Brumby



Sandy Brumby was born in the bush at Victory Downs, an outstation near Pukatja (Ernabella). He grew up there with his mother, father, brother and sister. As a ‘young fella’, he worked at Mount Cavanagh, a cattle station near Kulgera in the Northern Territory. He was a stockman there, mustering bullocks, fencing, and tending to the cattle. Sandy met his wife, Tjukapati Nola Brumby, in Pukatja, and from there they moved to Amata community for some time. Eventually they settled in Pipalyatjara, where they had two children - a boy and a girl. Sandy has been in the Pipalyatjara area for a long time, since before Kalka and Pipalyatjara communities were fully established. In 2010, in his sixties, Sandy Brumby picked up a paint brush for the first time, and he has come to the art centre religiously ever since, having discovered a passion for paint and a strong need to tell his story. The iconography in his work is reminiscent of symbols that are sometimes seen in rock or cave paintings around Uluru and Kata Tjuta. His paintings are raw and bold, demonstrating a strong connection to his country and his culture. He has a deep love of colour and uses a broad palette when he paints, selecting - with natural intuition - colours that sing beautifully together. Sandy Brumby’s approach to telling his story through art is highly individual. Although his paintings are simple in composition and raw in their application of paint, his brush strokes are very delicate, belying the astoundingly powerful spirit in his painting. In the relatively short period of time he has been painting, his works have been acquired by significant public collections, including the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria), the National Gallery of South Australia and QAG (Queensland Art Gallery). In 2015 Sandy moved to Ernabella Age Care.


Victory Downs

Solo Exhibitions

2012 - Sandy Brumby, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs

Group Exhibitions

2017 - Jimmy Donegan and Company, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2017 - Ninuku Prints
2016 - Ninuku Tjuta
2016 - Kala ngura ngayuku Colours of my home/country
2015 - Ninuku Tjuta
2015 - Ninuku Tjuta
2012 - One Song, Different Tune, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2012 - Manta Irititjangku: Nguara Kutjupalakutu, Ancient Land: New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, NewYork
2012 - Nganampa Ngura, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2012 - Painting the Land, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2012 - Desert Mob 2012, Araluen, Alice Springs
2012 - Four Artists, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2012 - INMA: Our Ceremony, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2011 - The Shared Language of Paint, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
2011 - Ngura Inkanyi - Singing Country, Redot Gallery, Singapore
2011 - Wati Ngintaka Tjukurpa - Yangi Yangi Fox and Ninuku Arts, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2011 - Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond, Adelaide
2011 - Ngura Wirukanyanku - This is a beautiful place, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2011 - Five Strong Men, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2011 - Kulina Inma: Listen to Song, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River
2011 - Desert Mob 2011, Araluen, Alice Springs
2011 - The Western APY Lands, Art Kelch Touring Exhibition, Germany
2011 - Recent Works by Ninuku Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2010 - The Watiku Show, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs


Art Bank Collection
National Gallery of Victoria
Queensland Art Gallery
Sir James and Lady Cruthers Collection
W & V McGeoch Collection


2011 - Watiku Exhibition Invitation image, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
2011 - Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, Adelaide News, February
2011 - Western APY Lands exhibition catalogue, Art Kelch, Germany
2011 - Desert Mob exhibition catalogue, September 2011
2011 - Claire Eltringham, The Shared Language of Paint catalogue essay, RAFT artspace
2011 - Claire Eltringham, Five Strong Men catalogue essay,Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2012 - Jukurrpa 2013, Diary, Jukurrpa Books, IAD Press
2012 - Canberra Times, Black, White and Beautiful by Sasha Grishin, February 27 2012
2012 - Nganampa Ngura Catalogue, Essay by Claire Eltringham, May 2012
2012 - Manta Irititjangku: Ngura Kutjupalakutu, Catalogue Essay by Nici Cumpston (AGSA), May 2012
2012 - Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Aboriginal Art in America, Again (Summer 2012), June 24
2012 - Aboriginal Art & Culture: An American Eye Blog, Ancestral Modern in Seattle and Ninuku in New York, May 27
2012 - Artists Talking, A reportage of: Art, Design, Gallery and NYC Events by David Barish, New Palettes of Ancient Land, June 1 2012
2012 - Australian Consulate General (USA), Feature, June2012
2012 - NAISA, Australian Aboriginal Contemporary Art Show in New York City by Willie Brown, Saturday 19 May2012
2012 - PRI's The World (News Program), Vibrant Aboriginal Art Exhibit Gives Power To Indigenous Australians by Marlon Bishop, July 4 2012
2012 - Sun Valley Property News, Art Scene, Harvey Art Projects Goes Coast to Coast, May 2012
2012 - Kluge-Ruhe, Aboriginal Art Collection of University of Virginia, News Piece, May 2012
2012 - APY Bites into the Big Apple, Feature by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, Saturday June 30 2012
2012 - Australian Art Review, Rising Stars by Apolline Kohen, Sep-Oct 2012
2012 - Desert Mob lays out the legacy, Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian Newspaper, 13 September 2012
2012 - Arts Hub, Desert Mob Review 2012 by Emily McCulloch Childs, September 24 2012
2012 - Angloinfo, Art and Exhibitions in Singapore, Singapore Event: 'Nganampa Ngura' (Our Place), 26 April 2012
2012 -, Nganampa Ngura (Our Place)- Senior men and women painting about their home country, ReDot Gallery, 14 April 2012
2012 -, Ninuku Artists by Alcaston Gallery, 2012

Artworks of Sandy Brumby

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