Homeland: Djarrakpi (Cape Shield)
Naminapu #2 (Araluen) is a young artist born into a family steeped in artistic tradition. Naminapu #2’s grandfathers were Narritjin and Nånyin Maymuru. Both of these men were extremely talented and well know artists whose work is hung in many Australian and overseas museums. Naminapu #2’s own art is shaped and informed by her lineage and already reflects the calibre of her artistic heritage. Naminapu’ #2’s namesake and aunt Naminapu (#1)Maymuru-White is another of her teachers. Naminapu #1 is the winner of the 1996 Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Award for best work on paper for “Nyapilingu” – a triptych. She is also the 1998 joint runner-up of the National Indigenous Heritage Art Award Canberra. Naminapu #1 teaches and assists Naminapu #2. The two artists often work along side each other on the same pieces. Naminapu’s artwork is also shaped by her experiences outside of Arnhem Land. In 1996 she lived in Sydney and attended the Redfern School of Dance, In 2001 she lived in Canberra for three months with Naminapu #1 as artist in residence at the Canberra School of Arts. Naminapu #2 now lives at Yirrkala with her two daughters. She works as printshop coordinator and printmaker at Buku-Larrnggay. She has since been the senior curator in the exhibition”Gapan Gallery” that takes place at Garma Festival. One of her works hang in the NBA basketball team (San Antonio Spurs) main office between the players room and the managers office. At the start of 2007 she was excepted into the National Indigenous Leadership Program, in which she has been participating in all over Australia.