Paul Namarinjmak Nabulumo

Paul Namarinjmak Nabulumo

Biography

Kuninjku artist Paul Nabulumo is a painter and sculptor. He is the son of acclaimed artist, Mick Kubarkku (1925 – 2008), who was known for his painting of dirdbim (moon, sun and stars) and the associated site on his Kulmarru clan estate. Nabulumo learned under his guidance, watching him paint on rock surfaces and bark paintings as a young man. The artist continues to paint the iconic imagery handed down from his father, including Ngalyod (Rainbow Serpent), mimih (rock country spirit), yawkyawk (female water spirits), Kubumi (waterholes) and djulng (Ancestral bones).  Nabulumo maintains strong connection to his heritage, living and working at Yikkarrakkal Outstation which sits adjacent to the dirdbim and kubumi djang (Ancestral) sites* . However, he has developed his own distinct aesthetic, characterised by striking combinations of fine and elegant rarrk, figurative elements and bold negative space. 

Nabulumo began exhibiting in 2000, participating in his first group show at Aboriginal Art & Pacific (Sydney).  His work was included in the historic exhibition <<rark>> at the Bargehouse in London in 2007. His work was also selected for the 23rd and 28th Telstra National & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibitions. Nabulumo  has shown both locally and  internationally at highly regarded  commercial spaces such as Josh Lilley Fine Art (UK),  Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi (Melbourne), Annandale Galleries (Sydney), Paul Johnstone Gallery (Darwin), Outstation Gallery (Darwin), Art Kelch (Freiburg) and most recently Michael Reid (Sydney). The artist’s work can be found in various collection including that of the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Victoria.

* “Dirdbim literally means ‘image of the moon’. The site is a large unusually round hole in a sandstone residual on the plain not far from the Mann River. The large hole is said to be the full moon created by ngalyod who pierced the rock in times of the ‘Dreaming’ and left the shape of the full moon. 

Kubumi is a sacred site on the Mann River consisting of a series of deep waterholes connected by underground tunnels. Ngalyod pierced the rock to create these waterholes and now lives in the rocky riverbed.

Lorrkon, ochre on carved wood, 150 x 14cm

Languages

Kuninjku

From

Yikarrakkal Kubumi

Community

Maningrida : NT

Outstation

Yikarrakkal Kubumi

Moiety

Duwa

Subsection

Kamarrang

Date of birth

1971-01-01

Clan

Kulmarru

Artwork media

Beach Hibiscus (Hibiscus Tiliaceus) with Ochre Pigment and PVA Fixative, Kurrajong (Brachychiton Diversifolius) with Ochre Pigment and PVA Fixative, Stringybark (Eucalyptus Tetradonta) with Ochre Pigment and PVA Fixative, Screen Print

Artworks


Past Exhibitions

Group

  • 2020
    RESILIENCE: The power of the past today - Maningrida, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, BELGUIM
  • 2019
    Tarnanthi Art Fair, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
  • 2019
    Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
  • 2019
    Salon des Refuses (NATSIAA), Charles Darwin University Gallery
  • 2018
    Mardayin, Art Kelch, Freiburg, Germany
  • 2018
    From Coast to Escarpment: Spirit Worlds of Maningrida, Michael Reid, Sydney, NSW
  • 2018
    Outstation, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2016
    Maningrida Arts, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2014
    Spirits, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2012
    Maningrida Group Show, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2011
    28th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
  • 2009
    Sculpture Show, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2009
    Sculptures, Josh Lilley Fine Art, National Geographic Store, London, UK
  • 2008
    Maningrida Arts, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2008
    Maningrida Arising, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2008
    Weaving around the Traps, Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2007
    New Works, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
  • 2007
    Spirit in Variation Part II, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007
    Rarrk, Bargehouse Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007
    Crossing the Dreaming Land, Gallery Anthony Curtis, Boston, USA
  • 2007
    Maningrida Group Show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2006
    Lorrkons and Spirit Figures, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2006
    23rd Telstra National & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
  • 2006
    Peintures sur ecorce de Maningrida, African Muse Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2006
    Sculptures from Maningrida, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2005
    Spirit Beings and Lorrkon, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2005
    Rarrk, flowing on from Crossing Country, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2005
    New works from Maningrida, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
  • 2005
    Sticks & Stones, Bandigan Aboriginal Art & Craft, Sydney, NSW
  • 2005
    After Crossing Country, a survey bark exhibition, Indigenart, Perth, WA
  • 2005
    Bark paintings and carvings from Maningrida, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2005
    Recent works from Maningrida, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
  • 2004
    Maningrida Recent Works, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2004
    Fibre and sculptures, Indigenart, Fremantle, WA, Indigenart, Fremantle, WA
  • 2003
    Out of the wet -new art by Kuninjku artists-, Framed gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2003
    Moon, one icon, many stories, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2003
    The Visit, Annandale galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2000
    Kuninjku Cosmology: recent works by Mick Kubarkku and his sons, Aboriginal & Pacific Arts, Sydney, NSW

Collections

  • Laverty Collection, Sydney, NSW
  • Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia