Willie Nabulwad

Willie Nabulwad

Skin name: Nabangardi
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Duwa
Clan: Mardjawarr
Date of birth: 1974-04-19
Community: Oenpelli : NT


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Willie Nabulwad is the son of Doreen Nalorlman and Nanguluwa Nabulwad. Willie paints almost exclusively in ochre and his subjects are often manme (bush foods) and native plants that grow around Gunbalanya. Willie is a regular artist at Injalak Arts and when he isn’t painting he can often be found guiding tours around the art centre and the rock art galleries on Injalak Hill.

Group exhibitions

  • 2018 Manme Manmak, Good Food! Ngundibukkan Manme Bim Come and look at this artwork about food We invite you to Central Craft’s June Marriott Gallery to enjoy a feast of creativity from Injalak Arts. The exhibition features paintings on paper by Willie Nabulwad and Gabriel Maralngurra. You can also sample a delicious range of woven pandanus fibre works and hand screen printed fabrics. Willie and Gabriel gather artistic inspiration from edible aspects of nature in West Arnhem Land. Willie’s beautifully executed paintings of native plants arise out of a life spent closely observing the natural world. Willie worked as a ranger in the Stone Country before he became an artist at Injalak. As a Warddeken Ranger, Willie developed a deep understanding of the natural rhythms of West Arnhem Land flora. Gabriel Maralngurra is one of Injalak Art’s co-founders and also one of the Art Centre’s Co-directors. Gabriel began his artistic career as a screenprinter. Later, Gabriel was taught to paint by Thompson Yulidjirri and his father in law, Lofty Nadjamerrek Bardayal. In turn, Gabriel is a generous teacher to the younger artists who continue to paint in the West Arnhem tradition. Willie and Gabriel’s palette is comprised of traditional red, yellow and white ochre colours used in West Arnhem Land art over 65,000 years. The earthy tones of ochres contrast with the bright colours of fabric hand- screenprinted at Injalak Arts and woven works made with naturally dyed pandanus. When seen together, the works presented offer an insight into the culture of West Arnhem Land, a verdant country filled with manme manmak in Northern Australia. Exhibition open from: 27 August to 16 September 2018, Opening: Thursday 6 September 2018 from 3-5:30pm with Afternoon Tea TBC. Gabriel Maralngurra will be signing copies of his Kunwinkju Counting Book on Thursday 6 September from 3-5:30pm TBC Location: Central Australian Territory Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct, 61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs PO Box 85 Alice Springs NT 0871 Times: Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3pm. For more details, email alex@injalak.com