Paul Namarinjmak Nabulumo

Paul Namarinjmak Nabulumo

Biography

Kuninjku artist Paul Nabulumo, born in 1971, is the son of acclaimed artist, Mick Kubarkku (1925 – 2008).  Kubarkku was known for his painting of moon, sun and stars which are djang from from sites on his country, Dirdbim.1  Nabulumo has continued to paint this iconic imagery handed down from his father. Other common subjects of his work are waterholes, ngalyod (rainbow serpent), mimih and yawkyawk spirits and dilly-bags

Elements of his fathers expression remain in Nabulumo’s work and can be seen particularly in the faces of his mimih and yawkyawk spirit carvings and paintings. Nabulumo however has developed his own aesthetic, there is an elegance to his rarrk and thoughtfully tonality to his palette that is his own.  

Nabulumo began exhibiting in 2000, participating in his first group show at Aboriginal & Pacific.  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 in the UK,  Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi is Melbourne, Annandale Galleries in Sydney and most recently at Paul Johnstone Gallery in Darwin.  The artist’s  work can be found in various collection including that of the National Gallery of Australia and the Museum of Victoria.

1. “Dirdbim which 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 the rainbow serpent ‘ngalyod’ who pierced the rock in times of the ‘Dreaming’ and left the shape of the full moon. 

The Australian Art Print Network, http://australianartnetwork.com.au, accessed, 20/04/2017.

Lorrkon (Hollow Log) (2016), ochre on wood, 150cm x 15cm.
Image courtesy of MAC and the artist.

Languages

Kuninjku

From

Yikarrakkal Kubumi

Community

Maningrida : NT

Moiety

Duwa

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

  • 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
    Sculptures, Josh Lilley Fine Art, National Geographic Store, London, UK
  • 2009
    Sculpture Show, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2008
    Weaving around the Traps, Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2008
    Maningrida Arising, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2008
    Maningrida Arts, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007
    Maningrida Group Show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007
    Crossing the Dreaming Land, Gallery Anthony Curtis, Boston, USA
  • 2007
    Rarrk, Bargehouse Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007
    New Works, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
  • 2007
    Spirit in Variation Part II, Annandale 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
    Bark paintings and carvings from Maningrida, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2005
    Recent works from Maningrida, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
  • 2005
    Sticks & Stones, Bandigan Aboriginal Art & Craft, Sydney, NSW
  • 2005
    After Crossing Country, a survey bark exhibition, Indigenart, Perth, WA
  • 2005
    New works from Maningrida, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
  • 2005
    Spirit Beings and Lorrkon, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2005
    Rarrk, flowing on from Crossing Country, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2004
    Fibre and sculptures, Indigenart, Fremantle, WA, Indigenart, Fremantle, WA
  • 2004
    Maningrida Recent Works, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2003
    Moon, one icon, many stories, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2003
    Out of the wet -new art by Kuninjku artists-, Framed gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 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