Noŋgirrŋa Marawili is regarded as one of the most important artists working at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Her highly sophisticated bark paintings, Larrakitj, works on paper and prints reflect an engrained, natural understanding of her culture, history and environment through her expressive and organic forms of painting. By combining natural materials such as earth ochres and stringy bark with a striking use of pink pigment (recovered from recycled print toner cartridges), Noŋgirrŋa alludes to her strong cultural ties, whilst simultaneously crossing artistic boundaries that only a senior woman of her strength could even contemplate.
Noŋgirrŋa Marawili’s already extraordinary career reached new heights in 2017 with her work being featured in significant exhibitions including Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, Who’s Afraid of Colour at the National Gallery of Victoria and TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
In 2018-19, the Art Gallery of New South Wales presented a major solo exhibition of work by Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, From my Heart and Mind, which spanned the artist’s career with a comprehensive publication to accompany the exhibition.
In 2019 Noŋgirrŋa was thrilled to be announced as the WINNER of The Roberts Family Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prize, as part of the prestigious Wynne Prize 2019 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Not long after Noŋgirrŋa was also announced WINNER of the 2019 Telstra Bark Painting Award at the 36th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
In 2019-20 a major installation by Noŋgirrŋa Marawili was unveiled at TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide.
In 2020 Noŋgirrŋa Marawili was selected to participate in the prestigious NIRIN: 22nd BIENNALE OF SYDNEY (14 March – 8 June 2020).
In 2021 her work will be included in a major landmark exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra entitled Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now.
© The Artist, Buku Larrnggay Mulka NT and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2020
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