Miriam Byrnes was born in the late 70s at an outstation not far from Peppimenarti, called Nimalak. She and her husband Thomas moved to Peppimenarti to raise their family. Of her five children, four still live in Peppimenarti, while the eldest has moved to Maningrida and has one child of his own.
Before painting with Durrmu Arts in 2006, Miriam worked with Merrepen Arts in Daly River.
Miriam’s work is highly distinctive; she depicts weaving designs using organic lines and vibrant colours. She also paints Fi, the sand-palm twine used for weaving string bags and fish-nets.
When she’s not working at the Peppimenarti crèche and looking after her young family, she finds time to paint.
2014 Durrmu Arts, Marshall Arts, SA
2014 Durrmu Arts, Outstation Gallery, NT
2013 ReGeneration, McCulloch & McCulloch, VIC
2012 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2009 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair
2007 Peppimenarti, Chalk Horse Gallery, NSW
2007 Peppimenarti Open Day