Alma Nungarrayi Granites



DOB: 1955
Born: 4 Miles, NT
Skin Nungarrayi
Language Walpiri
Community Walurkurlangu, Yuendumu, NT

About Artist:
Alma Nungarrayi Granites is a Warlpiri woman who lives at Yuendumu, about 300km North-West of Alice Springs on the edge of the Tanami Desert. Alma's father was Paddy Japaljarri Sims and her mother was Bessie Nakamarra Sims, founders of the contemporary Aboriginal Art Movement. Alma's father was the last of the Japaljarri's who knew all of the songs and ceremony for "Seven Sisters Dreaming" and "Milky Way Dreaming" and she learnt her culture and stories from her immediate and extended family.

Alma grew up at 4 Miles and she and her sisters travelled by foot to school at Yuendumu. Alma learnt to read and write in both English and Warlpiri. Her family moved to Yuendumu in the 1970s. She met her husband at school and they have 3 daughters and many grandchildren.

Alma's work is widely exhibited in both Australian and overseas galleries including Singapore, Germany and the US.

Selected Collections:
Holmes a Court Collection
South Australian Museum
Artbank
Burkhardt-Felder Museum, Switzerland
ARTCOL Collection, Seattle USA