Daisy Ngawaia Nalyirri
Daisy Ngawaia Nalyirri was the traditional owner of Murranji (Nayinini), west of Dunmara in the Northern Territory. Dunmara Top Springs is the famous old stock route.
Daisy Ngawaia Nalyrri’s inherited dreaming stories Ngurra-Mala, the place of dreaming, and the law, are associated with the link between her country and people the Mudburra, of the Elliott area, and the landscape.
Nalyirri lived for many years on Channel Island in the East Arm Leprosarium and eventually married Nuggett Collins Japarta, senior law man of the Marlinja area.
Nalyirri, though not prolific, amazed us by her ready use of acrylic and canvas, producing passionate images of great depth and subtlety, exploring the very core of Aboriginal Spirituality – the meaning of her land, free from the more formal constraints of traditional desert work. Her painting with its brilliant colours producing dynamic canvasses splashed with dots and scattered meandering dreaming trails resulting in images, which convey a rich and powerful interpretation of a complex ceremonial life.
Daisy had her first solo exhibition at Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, in 1995. Her output was very limited due to her leprosy. Two major paintings by Daisy were exhibited in the spectacular BlueScope Steel sponsored exhibition and publication Colour Power – Aboriginal art post 1984, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, November 2004 – March 2005.
© Beverly Knight 2021
1995 New Moon, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2019 Daisy Ngawaia Nalyirri: An Archive Survey – Important Works, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1992 Marlinja – Our Homeland – The Mudburra Artists, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1996/7 Australian Contemporary Art, recent acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1996 Dots, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1997 Brisbane V Essendon, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2004/5 Colour Power: Aboriginal art post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
2005/6 Colour Power: Aboriginal art post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Touring Exhibition, National Museum of Australia (17 November 2005 - 29 January 2006), Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
2006 Colour Power: Aboriginal art post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Touring Exhibition, Wollongong City Gallery (18 February - 23 April 2006), Wollongong, Victoria, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia