NYARAPAYI GILES 

Born                c1940
Community     Tjukurla, WA

Nyarapayi Giles is one of the respected elders of Tjukurla Community. Nyarapayi was bom in the Gibson Desert at an important cultural site called 'Karku' around 1940. It is this site and the associated Tjukurrpa that inspires Nyarapayi's powerful and unique paintings.
Nyarapayi spent her youth living the traditional nomadic life of her people until her family were moved from their land to settle in missions in the 1960s. Nyarapayi's knowledge of the Inma (ceremonies) and Tjukurrpa (dreaming stories) associated with the country near Tjukurla is extensive.
 
Nyarapayi settled in Tjukurla when the community was first established in the 1980s. She works with ‘purnu' (wood carving) and still enjoys hunting in the bush. She learned to make baskets woven from spinifex in the 1980s and has a large basket on permanent exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery.

Nyarapayi Giles’s works explores her country and associated Tjukurrpa in an exquisite and unique expression of colour and movement. Nyarapayi has gained recognition as a key artist amongst her and her works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and the British Museum amongst others.
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