Yasmin Napanangka Gordon

Yasmin Napanangka Gordon



“I used to see my auntie painting and I wanted to learn how to paint.” Yasmin describes how she learned to paint from her auntie, Angelina Nampijinpa Tasman, also an artist at Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. Yasmin enjoys telling ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming) stories through her paintings.

Yasmin was born 25 May 1981 in Katherine, a town southwest of Darwin in the NT. Her parents’ country is located around Lajamanu, NT, a remote community approximately 700km north of Yuendumu. However, Yasmin grew up in Yuendumu with her auntie Angelina. She enjoyed attending school and going to the Baptist church in Yuendumu. After finishing school, Yasmin worked as a school attendance officer (“yellow shirt”) in Yuendumu.

When she is not painting, Yasmin likes to go hunting for kangaroo and bush turkey on the Tanami Road. She is married to Anthony Jupurrurla Nelson, who also paints at Warlukurlangu Artists. They have two small children, who are currently still too young to paint.

Yasmin’s Dreaming is ‘yarla’ (bush yam), which she got from her father. However, she also paints ‘ngapa Jukurrpa’ (water Dreaming) from Pirlinyarnu (Mt. Farewell), which she learned from her mother’s sister Angelina.