Lydia Balbal

Born 1968

Lydia Balbal is a Mangala woman. She was married to the Yulparija artist Nabiru Bullen until his death in 2009. Lydia's country is near Punmu in the Great Sandy Desert of W.A. Her people's existence was threatened by severe drought so that they had little choice but to leave their traditional country. Her family were some of the last to walk out to the coastal town of Bidyadanga (then La Grange Mission) located two hours south of Broome in the early 70s. Lydia first began painting in 2007 but has already received significant attention from collectors and the media alike.

Solo Exhibitions
2012 Lydia Balbal/Strong Woman Country, IDAIA - International Develpoment of Australian Indigenous Art, Paris
2012 Pikarong: King Brown Country, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
2010 Piti, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
2009 Lydia Balbal Solo, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney NSW
2008 Salt Lake Country, Short Street Gallery, Broome W.A.
2008 Lydia Balbal, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne Victoria

Group Exhibitions
2012 Luminous, World Contemporary Art from the West Farmers Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA
2012 'WaterMark, the Signature of Life', IDAIA- International Development of Australian Indigenous Art, The Space, Hong Kong
2012 Luminescences: The Colour of Bidyadanga, Harvey Art Projects,Idaho, USA
2012 29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
2012 Jan Billycan & Lydia Balbal, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2012 Un-acclimatised, Monash University Museum of Art at Switchback Gallery, Melbourne, VIC 2012 Round and Round in that Rockhole, Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2011 Aboriginal Art, ININTI in collaboration with IDAIA, International Development for Australian Indigenous Art, Madrid, Spain
2011 Australian Aboriginal Art: Painting from the Deserts, ININTI in collaboration with IDAIA, Madrid, Spain
2011 Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
2011 Summer Haze, JGM Galleries, London, UK
2011 Pearls, Paint & Ilma, Aratong Galleries, Australian High Commission, Singapore 2011 Remix, WA Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA 2011 Kirriwirri, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 Green, Outstation Gallery, Darwin, NT
2011 Bidyadanga Recent Paintings, Chapman Gallery, Canberra ACT
2010 Bidyadanga Artists, Harvey Arts Projects, SunValley, Idaho, USA
2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building. - Short St Gallery & William Mora Galleries present the Yulparija artists
2010 27th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award, Musuem and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
2010 Royal Scottish Bank Emerging Art Award, Selected Finalist, Sydney NSW
2010 White, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 Short on Size, Short St Gallery, Broome ,WA
2009 26th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin
2008 Bidyadanga Art Show, AP Bond Art, Adelaide, S.A.
2008 From Desert to Saltwater, Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston Texas, USA
2008 25th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Art Award, Musuem and Art Gallery of Northern Territory

Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands Thomas Vroom Collection, The Netherlands National Gallery of Victoria
Felton Collection
Queensland Art Gallery
Laverty Collection
Monash University Art Collection Lepley Collection
Western Australian Art Gallery National Gallery of Australia Wesfarmers Collection
Australia Parliament House Collection

Bibliography Art Monthly, Laverty 2: A Brave New aesthic world, Jeremy Eccles, September 2011 Beyong Sacred, Australian Aboriginal Art, Colin & Elizabeth Laverty, 2011
Nicolas Rothwell, 'Journeys to the Interior', Black Inc, Australia, 2010
The Australian Newspaper, Revelatory Show of Strength in Tradition, Nicholas Rothwell, August 16, 2010
The Australian Newspaper, Turning Landscape on its Head, Nicholas Rothwell, December 8 2008 The Australian Newspaper, In the Shadow of Modernity, Nicholas Rothwell, December 13, 2008 The Age Newspaper, Dreamtime Designers, Bruce Elder, March 15 2008


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