Grace Robinya | Artist Profile

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Other Languages: Arrernte

Biography

Robinya was born and raised in Ntaria (Hermannsburg), her father was a Rubuntja from Mt Hay (Urre), and her mother was an Ungkwanaka from Running Water (Irremangkere). Robinya has fond recollections of sewing and playing sport at the Lutheran Mission of Hermannsburg, but admits she eloped at only sixteen with her husband, and never looked back! She married and travelled to Coniston Station with her husband. There she had her children, surrounded by cousins and elders in the then thriving Aboriginal camp located near the then operating station. Her children claim as their father’s Country, Paddy’s Well, north of 20 Mile Waterhole on Napperby Station.

An artist and seed jeweller of many years standing, Robinya hot-wires and paints traditional patterns onto gum nuts, which she threads together with the Innernte (Batwing Coral) and other seeds she collects during winter. Robinya’s paintings have always been highly considered and labour intensive, and generally distinguished by very neat multi-layered dot work, balanced colour schemes and symmetrical compositions. More recently, Robinya’s figurative paintings, often near-miniatures, detail important locations and events in her life: her childhood at Hermannsburg Mission and surrounding Ntaria region, or visits to her beloved Irremangkere. She also records details of station life at Coniston and Napperby Stations, where she and her husband worked as a domestic, and ringer respectively, while raising their family. A frequent return visitor to Laramba Aboriginal Community now established on Napperby Station, Robinya also documents exciting football and softball carnivals in which her grandsons and granddaughters feature, playing for the winning Anmatyerr teams. These and other works detail life in the remote Aboriginal communities in which Robinya has lived throughout her life.

Solo Exhibitions

2016, May - Raft Artspace, Alice Springs NT Alherramp - Stories from My Family's Country

Group Exhibitions

2016, November - Town Camp Yarns, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2016, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT Desert Mob
2016, August - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin NT
2016, June - Solo within a Group Exhibition with Ewyenper Atwatye, Hermannsburg Potters and Yarrenyty Arltere at Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs Arrweketye Mob
2016, April - Aboriginal Art Marketplace, Yulara Tjungu Festival
2015, October - Tandanya Cultural Centre Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
2015, August - Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2014, November - Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery Sydney NSW Figuratively Speaking: Town Camp artists tell their stories
2014, September - Araluen Cultural Precinct Alice Springs NT Desert Mob 2014
2014, June - Tangentyere Artists Group Show New Works: Salon Show
2014, May - Desart Members Exhibition 2014 Seoul Open Art Fair
2014, February - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists, A Survey
2013, November - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT New Work by Tangentyere Artists
2013, September - Tangentyere Artists Gallery, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day - New Art Centre
2013, September - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2013, May - Central Craft, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists
2013, May - Raft Art Space, Alice Springs NT Our Way, Their Way - Group Show with Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
2012 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2012 - Short Street Gallery, Broome WA Town Camp Art - Tangentyere Artists
2012 - 4 Elder Street Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Open Day
2012 - Cooee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney NSW Songlines - A Cooee Christmas
2012 - William Mora Gallery, Melbourne VIC Tangentyere Artists - Recent Paintings
2012 - Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Exhibition - Human Rights FilmFestival
2012 - Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2011 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2011 - Olive Pink Botanical Gardens, Alice Springs NT Human Rights Film Festival
2011 - Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne VIC Melbourne Affordable Art Fair
2011 - Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle WA Our Homes: Town Camp & Beyond
2011 - Bright Gallery, VIC Time and Place - Group Indigenous Art Show
2011 - Convention Centre, Darwin NT Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2010 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2010 - Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne VIC Tjintu Kutjupa
2010 - Peta Appleyard Gallery, Alice Springs NT Coming Together
2010 - ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore Urban Aboriginal Art - A Survey Show
2009 - Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle WA Anwernekenhe Ayeye
2008 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2008 - Japingka Indigenous Fine Art Gallery, Fremantle WA Town Camps and Coloured Mission Blankets
2008 - Birrung Gallery, Sydney NSW My House - Central Australian Art Centre Show
2008 - John Gordon Gallery, Coffs Harbour NSW Telling the Town Camp Story
2007 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Desert Mob Exhibition
2007 - Birrung Gallery, Sydney NSW Alice Springs Art
2006 - Araluen Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs NT Tangentyere Artists Inaugural Town Camps Exhibition

Bibliography

2012 - Mother Courage, Warwick Thornton. Grace Robinya played Thorntons grandmother. Commissioned by dOCUMENTA (13) and ACMI.

Artworks of Grace Robinya