Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan was born in 1980 in Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the daughter of Pamela Nungarrayi Ryan and has one brother and four sisters. She attended the Catholic High School in Alice Springs where she completed Year 10. Corinne moved to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 kms north-west of Alice Springs, when she married Quentin Japangardi Granites. Quentin is the son of Alma Nungarrayi Granites, a successful artist working with Warlukurlangu Artist. Corinne and Quentin have one son Farrison, born in 2001.
Corinne has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artist Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2007. She paints her husband’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to his land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. She also paints her mother’s Jukurrpa, Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming) which depicts a rockhole west of Alice Springs and Warna Jukurrpa, (Snake Dreaming) representing her land east of Papunya. Corinne uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.
“Sometimes I paint then sit down and read the bible”. Corinne finds painting very meditative and spiritual. When she is not painting or looking after her son she enjoys her home and is ‘house proud’, creating a clean home to share with family and friends, and to watch movies.