Elizabeth Nyumi is a painter, dancer and teacher of traditional dance and song. She comes from a family of artists. Nyumi's mother belonged to Nynmi country near Kiwirrkurra on the Pintupi side. Sadly, she died when Nyumi was very young. Nynmi's father was from Alyarra in the region of Ngaanyatjarra. Nyumi lived a nomadic existence with her father and family group until, in her teen years, they all walked up the Canning Stock Route to the mission. Nynmi was given clothes and taken to Billiluna Station where she trained as a domestic worker.
Nyumi commenced painting in 1987 and in the late 1990s she emerged as a leading artist. Her paintings are mainly concerned with the country of abundant bush food belonging to her family. She uses a multitude of dotting to build up fields of texture while retaining her signature motifs of small camps, coolamons, bush tucker trees and scrubs.
Nyumi was the first artist represented by Warlayirti Artists to be selected for the Biennale of Sydney and throughout her career she has travelled interstate and overseas to attend her exhibition openings.
Courtesy of Warlayirti Artists