Lena Yarinkura was born near Maningrida, Northern Territory, in 1948. She belongs to the Rembarrnga/Kure language group, and the Burrnungku clan. She began bark painting in about 1987, taught by her husband Bob Burruwal. Lena is better known for her sculpture. In 1994 she was awarded the Wandjuk Marika Memorial Award (Best Artwork in Open Media) for her paperbark sculpture in the eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award. In 1997 she won the Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-dimensional Award, in the fourteenth National Aboriginal Art Award. In 1995 her sculptures were highly commended in the Heritage Commission Art Awards. Her works have been shown in international exhibitions, including Contemporary Australian Craft, 1999; Dreamings: Aboriginal art from Australia, 1997, and in numerous Australian exhibitions. Lena Yarinkura lives and works at Gœnœjangga on the Blyth River, east of Maningrida.
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