Mrs N Giles (c.1940-2019)

Nyarrapyi Giles was one of the respected elders of Tjukurla Community. She was born in the Gibson Desert at an important cultural site called 'Karrku'. It is this site and the associated Tjukurrpa that inspired Nyarrapyi's powerful and unique paintings.

Nyarrapyi spent her youth living the traditional nomadic life of her people until her family were moved from their land to settle in missions in the 1960s. Nyarrapyi's knowledge of the Inma (ceremonies) and Tjukurrpa (dreaming stories) associated with the country here was extensive. Nyarrapyi settled in Tjukurla when the community was first established in the 1980s. She worked with ‘purnu’ (wood carving) and enjoyed hunting in the bush. She learned to make baskets woven from spinifex in the 1980s and has a large basket on permanent exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. Nyarrapyi Giles works explore her country and associated Tjukurrpa in an exquisite and unique expression of color and movement. Nyarrapyi gained recognition as a key artist amongst her peers in the Contemporary Indigenous Art movement. Her works are collected by collectors and institutions in Australia and internationally.

British Museum
National Gallery of Victoria Collection
Patrick Corrigan Collection
W & V McGeoch Collection
Sir Charles Gairdner Collection
Aquired by Aruluen Cultural Center 2012
Aquired by Aruluen Cultural Center 2014

2008 Telstra Finalist
2008 Winner Inaugural Sir Charles Gairdner Award
2012 Desert Mob- Major Acquisition