Muuki Taylor

Muuki Taylor

Martumili Artists

Muuki was born around 1945 at Wayinkurangu, a soak in the Percival Lakes region of the Great Sandy Desert. He is the elder brother of fellow Martumili Artists Wokka Taylor (dec.) and Ngalangka Nola Taylor. In his youth Muuki’s family travelled hundreds of kilometres on foot, from the northern boundary of the Martu homelands through to Parrngurr, at the southern end of the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) region. They continued to live a pujiman [traditional, desert dwelling] lifestyle until being collected from Balfour Downs Station and taken to Jigalong Mission in the 1960s. They were one of the last Martu families to leave the desert.

Muuki is a highly respected cultural leader, often called upon as an authority by other artists. In addition to painting with Martumili Artists, Muuki works as a senior cultural adviser for local Martu ranger group, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, where he provides invaluable advice and guidance.

Muuki paints his ngurra [home Country, camp] in the north of Martu Country, with a particular focus on Kulyakartu: flat, grass Country close to the Percival Lakes. He spent much time in this area in his youth, and has in-depth knowledge of its resources, physical elements, seasonal life cycles and Jukurrpa [Dreaming] narratives.

Language: Manyjilyjarra

Exhibited Artworks