Beyula Puntungka Napanangka Papunya, near Alice Springs, NT, Australia, b. 1966

Biography

Beylua Puntungka Napanangka was born in Papunya in 1966, daughter of pioneer Papunya Tula Artist Limpi Tjapangati. From her father, Beyula inherited rights to the country near the Murini Range which Beyula often depicted in her early paintings. She also inherited a bushfire story, Kali Karringpa, from her grandmother which was her first story to paint. Her mother's Dreaming place was the Dingo Dreaming site of Nyumanu near Kintore.

 

These days Beyula paints her own dramatic version of the Honey Grevillea Dreaming story inherited from her grandfather. The works' strength lies in the abstracted organic lines that forms an immersive space where the viewer can feel and see the grevillea all at once. Beyula is one of Papunya Tjupi's most senior and consistent artists.

 

Finalist of the Telstra NATSIAA (2016), John Fries Award (2018) and Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize (2019), her work is held in the National Gallery of Australia Collection, Artbank Collection, RMIT University Art Collection, Knoblauch Collection and University of Queensland International Education Services Collection.

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