“I want my art to tell the story of my ancestors and be able to show the world my culture and my traditions.”
Alma Nungarrayi Granites lives in Yuendumu, an Aboriginal community located Northwest of Alice Springs. She is the daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Dec) and Bessie Nakamarra Sims (Dec) both founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists. She paints a large array of stories all of which have been passed down to her from her father and generations before him. All her paintings tell creation stories that relate to the artist’s traditional country.
Alma is married and has 4 children. She has many, many grandchildren and spends a lot of time helping to take care of them. Alma attended the local school and then continued her studies at Kormilda College in Darwin. She then finished a Teacher’s assistant diploma through Batchelor College and worked at Yuendumu school teaching for many years.
Alma has been painting since 1987. In 2007 she decided to explore her painting skill in more depth; she started working at the art centre every day to produce a body of work that has expanded her knowledge of the dreaming (Jukurrpa) as well as the development of her unique technical artist’s style. She is a strong participant of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre in Yuendumu, and has exhibited in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, culminating in two solo shows, one in Singapore in 2010 and one in Germany in 2011. She has also had solo shows each year within Australia.
Alma is without doubt one of the shining stars of the current Aboriginal Art movement.
– Holmes a Court Collection
– South Australian Museum
– Burkhardt-Felder Museum, Switzerland
– ARTCOL Collection, Seattle USA