Damien and Yilpi Marks
Introducing the rising stars of the next wave of the Australian Aboriginal Art movement, husband and wife team Damien Marks Tjungala and Yilpi Marks Atirawas.
Damien was born in Haasts Bluff in the Northern Territory on 10 July 1967. He later moved to Papunya with his family. His mentors were his uncle Clifford Possum, Billy Stockman and Uta Uta Jangala, who told him Dreamtime stories at an early age. Damien, whose cousin is Gabriella Possum, is now a respected artist and married to the highly-talented artist Yilpi Marks.
Yilpi was born in Ernabella South Australia on 7 November 1969. She was taught the Dreamtime stories by her grandparents and her parents. Her mother’s name is Tjulkiwa Atira-Atira, and her father’s name was Michael Atira-Atira (deceased). Both parents were very talented artists, who have their artworks held by the National Gallery of Australia.
Yilpi and Damian reside in Alice Springs and paint together regularly, often painting their designs in collaboration with each other, and their artworks are sought-after by collectors worldwide. Passionate about preserving their culture through their artworks, Damien and Yilpi blend women’s and men’s Dreaming stories, using traditional symbols and dot work to represent sites of significance. Both have proved to be individually successful, as well as creating some excellent joint works that have featured in several successful exhibitions.