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Alma Nungarrayi Granites / Star (Seven Sisters) Dreaming

152cm x 91cm Acrylic on Linen

SKU: 561-15


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Alma Nungarrayi Granites (also known as Alma Nungarai Granites) was born in 4 Miles, Northern Territory on the 30th May 1955. She is a Warlpiri woman and lives at Yuendumu, roughly 300km North-West of Alice Springs on the fringes of the Tanami Desert.

Alma’s father is Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Dec) and her mother is Bessie Nakamarra Sims (Dec) were founders of the contemporary Aboriginal Art Movement.

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

“I want my art to tell the story of my ancestors and be able to show the world my culture and my traditions.”

This painting tells a fascinating story
The Star (Seven Sisters) Dreaming depicts the story of the seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky today in the cluster of seven stars in the constellation Taurus, more commonly known as the Pleiades. The Pleiades are seven women of the Napaljarri skin group and are often depicted in paintings of this Dreaming carrying the Jampijinpa man ‘wardilyka’ (the bush turkey) who is in love with the Napaljarri-warnu and who represents the Orion’s Belt cluster of stars.

Jukurra-jukurra, the morning star, is a Jakamarra man who is also in love with the seven Napaljarri sisters and is often shown chasing them across the night sky. In a final attempt to escape from the Jakamarra the Napaljarri-warnu turned themselves into fire and ascended to the heavens to become stars. The custodians of the Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa are Japaljarri/Jungarrayi men and Napaljarri/Nungarrayi women.

Some parts of the Napaljarri-warnu Dreaming are closely associated with men’s sacred ceremonies of a very secretive nature.

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