Boliny WANAMBI - Balwatja

Boliny WANAMBI - Balwatja

2004, 81 x 32cm ADG:3073

ADG: 3073


Balwatja, 2004 - Story of Painting



Born 1957

Language Marrakulu

Region North East Arnhem Land

Community Yirrkala

Outstation Gurka’wuy homeland

Local group Dhurili

Social affiliation Dhuwa moiety

Subjects Djarr ka (Goanna), Balwatja

Medium Ochre (natural earth pigment) on bark (eucalyptus tetrodonta).

Boliny Wanambi is the daughter of artist Mithili (deceased), a Marrakulu leader

Boliny’s father was the late Marrakulu leader and artist Mithili. She spent her chilhood at the Marrakulu homeland Barraratjpi, at Cape Shield on Blue Mud Bay. The new homeland of Gurka’wuy was established in the early 1970s by her father and artist Dundiwuy. Boliny is the widow of Birrikitji, a Dhalwangu clan leader.

Boliny has exhibited since the 1990s and her artwork is represented in national collections. She lives and works in Yirrkala and Yilpara, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.


1998 - Buku-Larrangay Mulka Printmakers 1st Exhibition, Yirrkala, NT

1998 - Buku-Larrangay Mulka Printmakers, Northern Territory University Art Gallery, Darwin, NT

1999 - Saltwater Country - Bark Paintings from Yirrkala, the Drill Hall Gallery - touring exhibition to Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Alice Springs

2001 - 'New from Old', Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2003 - Sydney Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Fair, Sydney, NSW

2005 - 'Concord - One Exhibition Eight Communities', Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2005 - 22nd Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT

2006 - 'Two Sisters - Boliny and Ralwurrandji Wanambi', Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2006 - Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT

2006 - 'Great Women I Have Met', Boliny and Ralwurrandji Wanambi, Mogo Raw Art & Blues, Mogo, NSW

2007 - 'Two Sisters - Boliny and Ralwurrandji Wanambi', Alison Kelly Gallery, Richmond, VIC

2007 - Galuku Gallery, Festival of Darwin, NT

2007 - 'Bukulungthunmi - Coming Together, One Place', Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2007 - Gapan Gallery, Galkula, NT

2008 - 'Outside Inside - bark and hollow logs from Yirrkala' Bett Gallery, Hobart

2008 - 'Yarpany - Honey, The Art of Marrakulu', Framed Gallery, Darwin

2008 - 'Same Only Different', Mogo Raw Art & Blues, Mogo, NSW

2008 - 'Etched in the Sun' Prints made by Indigenous Artists in collaboration with Basil Hall & Printers

2007 - Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

2008 - 'A Few Real Gems I Have Come Across', Mogo Raw Art & Blues, Mogo, NSW

2008 - 'Boliny Wanambi Marrakulu Gapu', Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2010 - 'White', Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2010 - 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia, Perth

University of Wollongong

Kelton Foundation, California, USA

Colin and Liz Laverty Collection

Kerry Stokes Collection

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