Joe Guymala

Joe Guymala

Skin name: Nabulanj
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Duwa
Clan: Burdoh
Date of birth: 1969-12-31
From: Manmoyi
Community: Oenpelli : NT
Outstation: Manmoyi
Artwork media: Ochre on Wood, Ochre on Arches Paper, Ochre on Bark



Joe Guymala lives and works in Gunbalanya. He frequently spends time Manmoyi, his outstation in Western Arnhemland and is the grandson of Namerredje (John) Guymala. He has toured nationally as a musican with Nabarlek Band and Mimih Band and helped to write many songs with his knowledge of traditional stories and country. Guymala’s work is often playful and documents his contemporary day to day life out bush, he also acknowledges his forefathers paintings in the rock shelters of Arnhemland as a great source of inspiration. Joe works exclusively in natural ochre’s using ‘Manyilk’ a thin grass brush to apply line after line, layer after layer to create his very powerful and unique compositions.

In January 2020, Joe Guymala went on a residency at the Kluge Ruhe Collection in Virginia and opened two exhibitions in the town.

Group exhibitions

  • 2020 Kabimdi : There Are Painting There That Have Always Been There, Short St Gallery, Broome
  • 2020 MunguyhMunguyh (Forever): CELEBRATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JOHN W. KLUGE INJALAK COMMISSION, The Rotunda, University of Virginia
  • 2020 The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles, Fralin Museum, University of Virginia
  • 2018 Joe Guymala, Provenance Arts, Darwin
  • 2018 35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Art Awards, 2018, MAGNT, Darwin
  • 2017 Salon Des Refuses, Charles Darwin University, Darwin
  • 2017 Mayhmayh -Different Birds, Works on paper, bark and hollow logs, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin
  • 2016 Rising Stars, Works on paper, Outstation Gallery, Darwin


  • Dennis Scholl-USA
  • Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory- Australia
  • Private collections, Australia and overseas
  • Kluge Collection, Charlottesville, United States of America


  • Dennis Scholl USA- Lorrkon (Hollow Log) commission , 2016