Gulumbu Yunupingu

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Gulumbu Yunupingu
Photo of Gulumbu Yunupingu.jpg
Bornc. 1943
Gunyangara, Northern Territory
Died(2012-05-10)10 May 2012
Gove, Northern Territory
AwardsNational Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (2004)

Gulumbu Yunupingu (c. 1943 – 10 May 2012) was an Australian Aboriginal artist and women's leader from the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Born in Gunyangara, Northern Territory, Yunupingu was a member of the Gumatj clan and spoke the Gumatj language.[1] She was a sister of Aboriginal leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Mandawuy Yunupingu, the singer from rock band Yothu Yindi.

Her art has been widely exhibited all around the world, and was the opening exhibit in the newly restored $370 million Quai Branly Museum in Paris.[2]

Her work is also exhibited in the National Gallery of Australia[3] and she has won many awards for her work. In 2004 she won the 21st National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award for a piece entitled Garak, The Universe, which consists of three memorial poles, decorated in her own style, which combines traditional Yolngu designs with her own modern interpretation. In 2012, a painting on wood titled Garrurru (Sail), weighing a tonne and measuring seven by three metres, was installed at the Australian National University.[4]

She died on 10 May 2012.[5]

In 2018 Yunupingu's work was included in the exhibition Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia at The Phillips Collection.[6]


  1. ^ "Gulumbu YUNUPINGU". Collection search. National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Paris infused with indigenous spirit - Arts - Entertainment -". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  3. ^ Entry for Gulumbu Yunupingu in the National Gallery of Australia
  4. ^ Australian National University (19 March 2012). "Life-size Yunupingu artwork delivered by crane". Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Yolngu elder passes". NT News. News Ltd. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia". The Phillips Collection. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

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