Sandy Brumby was born in the bush at Victory Downs, an outstation near Pukatja (Ernabella). He grew up there with his mother, father, brother and sister. As a 'young fella', he worked at Mount Cavanagh, a cattle station near Kulgera in the Northern Territory. He was a stockman there, mustering bullocks, fencing, and tending to the cattle.
Sandy met his wife, Tjukapa Nola Brumby, in Pukatja, and from there they moved to Amata community. Eventually they settled in Pipalyatjara, where they had two children - a boy and a girl. Sandy has been in the Pipalyatjara area for a long time, since before Kalka and Pipalyatjara communities were fully established.
In 2010, in his sixties, Sandy Brumby picked up a paint brush for the first time, and he has come to the art centre religiously ever since, having discovered a passion for paint and a strong need to tell his story. The iconography in his work is reminiscent of symbols that are sometimes seen in rock or cave paintings around Uluru and Kata Tjuta. His paintings are raw and bold, demonstrating a strong connection to his country and his culture. He has a deep love of colour and uses a broad palette when he paints, selecting - with natural intuition - colours that sing beautifully together.
Sandy Brumby's approach to telling his story through art is highly individual. Although his paintings are simple in composition and raw in their application of paint, his brush strokes are very delicate, belying the astoundingly powerful spirit in his painting. In the relatively short period of time he has been painting, his works have been acquired by significant public collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery.
2012 Sandy Brumby, Raft Artspace, Alice Springs
2012 Manta Irititjangku: Nguara Kutjupalakutu, Ancient Land: New Territory, Gallery nine5 and Harvey Art Projects, Soho, New York
2012 Nganampa Ngura, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2012 INMA: Our Ceremony, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2012 One Song, Different Tune, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2012 Painting the Land, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2012 Desert Mob
2012, Araluen, Alice Springs
2012 Four Artists, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Kulina Inma: Listen to Song, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River
2011 Five Strong Men, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2011 Wati Ngintaka Tjukurpa - Yangi Yangi Fox and Ninuku Arts, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2011 The Shared Language of Paint, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
2011 Ngura Kalatjara - Land and Colour, AP Bond, Adelaide
2011 Ngura Wirukanyanku - This is a beautiful place, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Recent Works by Ninuku Arts, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
2011 Desert Mob 2011, Araluen, Alice Springs
2011 Ngura Inkanyi - Singing Country, Redot Gallery, Singapore
2011 The Western APY Lands, Art Kelch Touring Exhibition, Germany
2010 The Watiku Show, RAFT artspace, Alice Springs
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY
SIR JAMES AND LADY CRUTHERS COLLECTION W & V MCGEOCH COLLECTION