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also known as Thommo Nganjmirra
Date of birth: 1954-12-06
Skin name: Nawamud
Dance: Yawkyawk Djang
Community: Oenpelli : NT
Thommo Nganjmirra is senior artist at Injalak and a consummate draftsman, depicting the Kunwinjku natural world and its Stories with fidelity and meticulous skill. Having begun painting as a young man, his work has now developed an elegant ease that flows from his mastery of manyilk (the traditional sedge brush) and his instinctive compositional sense.
His fine linework is almost delicate at times, but overall his style is one of classic refinement and balance. With his extensive knowledge of the rock art adorning the caves of Injalak Hill, Thompson is one of Injalak’s most highly regarded tour guides. He comes from an artistic family; he is the son of Jimmy Nakurrudjilmi Nganjmirra and brother of Robin Nganjmirra. His mother is Mary Nganjmirra.
2021 ‘Contemporary Indigenous Textiles from Australia’s Tropic Zone’, Cairns Art Gallery
2017 ‘Mayhmayh – Different Birds’, Works on paper, bark and hollow logs, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin
2013 'Wurrkabal', Netanya Resort, Noosa QLD
2009 'Ochre and Rust', Indigenart, Perth WA
2008 'Sex Spirits & Sorcery', Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
1998 'Dreamings', Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy
Artbank, Sydney Australian Museum, Sydney
Museum of Contemporary Art, Arnotts Collections, Sydney
Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.
National Museum of Australia Bark Painting Collection, Canberra, Australia