Mala Nari (Matosi) | Artist Profile

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Mala's mother was Waganami Togarino of Gora village (Saro'ore clan) and her father was A'oji Negunna of Godibehi village (Ematé clan). Mala has three childer. Her husband, now passed, was Elo Nari. Mala was taught to paint Ömie designs by her grandmother and remembers watching her at Kërö village (an old village of Gora) as a young girl. Mala loved to sit with her grandmother and learn about Ömie history, the natural environment and how to nurture the land. Mala's main designs are: tuböru unö'e - eggs of the Dwarf Cassowary; dahoru'e - Ömie mountains; munë'e/hitai - river boulders; buboriano'e - beaks of the Papuan Hornbilll; and odunaigö'e - jungle vines. From 10996 to 2002, before the arrival of David Baker and the formation of the Ömie Artists cooperative, Mala was instrumental in bringing about a revitalisaiton of barkcloth painting in Jiapa and Duharenu villages. She is a very strong culture woman and is well known acroom Ömie territory for her powerful singing voice. Her work was exhibited in the 17th Niennale of Sydney at the Museum of Contemporary Art and in the landmark exhibition of Ömie art Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie at the National Gallery of Victoria International.


2018 Art of the Ömie, JGM Gallery, London, England
2017 Nom'e Javavamu Darugé I'jové (We Dance Our Designs To Life), ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2016 Moonlight, Mountains and Pig Tusks: painted Wisdom of the Ömie Chiefs, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 The Sacred Mountain, Illuminated: Ömie Barkcloth Art of Papua New Guinea, Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Hijominöe Modéjadé (Guided by Ancestors): Ömie Artists 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, QLD
2015 Duvahe Nioge: Barkcloths by the Senior Ömie Artists of Papua New Guinea, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2015 AN Exploration of Bark (in association with Ömie Artists and Maningrida Arts & Cuture), Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2015 Under the Volcano: Art of Ömie form PNG, Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich, Germany
2014 Luminous Mountain, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, QLD
2014 Ömie Artists: Contemporary Tapa from PNG, ArtKelch, Freiburg & Stuttgart, Germany
2014 To Dance in Beauty: Ömie Tapa form New Guinea, Black Dot Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Nohi jajwe boromu mai dahoru Huvaimo va'ene (Our Culture is Strong like Our Mountain, Huvaimo), Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, ID, USA
2013 Volcanic Visions: Barkcloth Art of the Ömie, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York USA
2012 Nohi Dahoru'e - Nohi Nioge (Our Mountain - Our Art), The Depot Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2012 Contemporary Ömie Barkcloth, de Young Museum, San Francisco USA
2012 Art of the Ömie: Barkcloth paintings from PNG, Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley ID, USA
2012 Second Skins: Painted Barkcloth from New Guinea and Central Africa, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles
2012 Nohi niogero aru'aho ma'ene munomehi jajuho (Our barkcloth holds the spirit of our culture", RAFT Artspace, Alice Spirngs
2011 Barkcloth Paintings by Ömie Chiefs and Elders, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2011 No si hijomiono'o jabesi sor'e jajivo (We are painting the designs of our ancestors), ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2010 Rweromo garé niogehu mamabahe ajivé (Come and see the beauty and brightness of our barkcloths), Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2010 17th Biennale of Sydney: The Beauty of Distance - Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2010 The Art of Ömie, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2009 Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne
2009 Ömie: Barkcloths from New Guinea, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
2008 Ömie Art of Mt. Lamington, New Guinea Gallery, Sydney


Appel, Michaela; Kelch, Robyn; and King, Brennan, Ömie Artists [exhibition catalogue], ArtKelch, Freiburg & Staatliches Museum Für Völkerkunde München, Germany 2014
Balai, Sana; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Ryan, Judith, Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne 2009
Child, Charlie; Guerrini-Maraldi, Jennifer, Art of the Ömie (exhibition catalogue), JGM Gallery, London, England 2018
Elliott, David (ed.), 17th Biennale of Sydney: Beauty of Distance - Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Thames & Hudson 2010
Gregory, Bill; Mojeska, Drusilla; and Mora, William, The Art of Ömie (ex. cat.) William Mora Galleries, Melbourne & Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2010
Gregory, Bill; and Ryan, Judith, Ömie: The Art of Ömie (ex. cat.), Annandale Galleries, Sydney 2009
King, Brennan, Jijominöe Modéjadé (Guided by Ancestors): Ömie Artists 10th Anniversary Exhibition (ex. cat.), Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane, 2015
Wilson, Natalie, "Barkcloth revival: Women who paint their wisdom", LOOK, Art Gallery Society of New South Wales, December 2012/January 2013, pp 18-19
Luminous Mountain (ex cat) Andrew Baker Art Dealer 2014

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Sammlung Alison & Peter W. Klein, Eberdigen-Nussdorf, Germany

Artworks of Mala Nari (Matosi)