Marina Pumani Brown
Marina Pumani Brown embodies the next generation of strong female Anangu artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in far northwest South Australia. Brown comes from a long line of celebrated and important artists including her late grandmother, Kunmanara Milatjari Pumani, who was one of the most famous artists of the APY region, and her aunt, Kunmanara Ngupulya Pumani, and mother, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, both widely celebrated contemporary Australian painters. Brown grew up watching these strong Pumani women paint, learning from them and, over time, developing her own interpretation of the ancestral knowledge passed on to her.
Brown’s distinctive paintings can be viewed as both literal maps of Country and objects of meaning removed from any physical representation. Whilst the significance of Country is always present in her work, Brown broadens her artistic practice to represent both traditional and contemporary aspects of life in the APY lands.
In 2020, Brown was announced for the first time as a finalist in the prestigious 37th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin with a collaborative piece she created with her mother Betty Kuntiwa Pumani. In the same year, Brown was shortlisted for The Churchie Emerging Art Prize at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane, Queensland.
Marina Pumani Brown was announced as a finalist for the 2021 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney with another collaborative piece created with her mother Betty Kuntiwa Pumani and for the 2022 Len Fox Painting Prize - a biennial acquisitive painting prize awarded to a living Australian artist, presented by the Castlemaine Art Museum in Victoria.
© The Artist, Mimili Maku and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2022
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