Artist : Elizabeth Nyumi

Artist Profile

Artist : Elizabeth Nyumi
Born: c. 1947
Location: Parwalla
Skin: Nungurrayi
Language: Pintupi



Elizabeth Nyumi was living a nomadic existence with her family group on the Canning Stock Route before walking into Old Mission with her father after her mother had died.


Nyumi began painting in 1987 and emerged as a leading artist in the late 1990s. Her paintings are mainly concerned with her country and the abundant bush food belonging to her family.

Elizabeth Nyumi works are held in the following Collections:

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;
  • Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne;
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin;
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth;
  • Artbank, Sydney;
  • Laverty Collection, Sydney and
  • Holmes à Court Collection, Perth.


Themes: Purra (bush tomato), rock holes, coolamons and digging sticks, Kantilli (bush raisin), Minyali (seed), story of grandmother who killed and ate a snake with her three children, Tingari

Both Nyumi and Gordon Palmer teach culture to the children at the school ensuring the traditional dances and songs are kept alive.

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