Debra Nangala McDonald Paintings

Debra Nangala McDonald, Pintupi artist, b. Papunya 1969, paints stories from the ancestral country of her grandfather Shorty Lungkata.

 

My Special Homeland by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  My Special Homeland

Jap 014010  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 014316  |  acrylic on linen  |  190 x 60 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012166  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 75 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012993  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012992  |  acrylic on linen  |  92 x 60 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012967  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 30 cm

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Debra Nangala McDonald is a Pintupi artist, born at Papunya in 1969. Her mother Martha McDonald was an artist, as were her aunties Linda Syddick Napaltjarri and Wentja Napaltjarri. This family of artists inherits a strong line of stories that relate to their own family story, when they travelled over great distances from the Gibson Desert to come into the desert settlements. The family group settled in the small communities at Haasts Bluff, Papunya and Mt Liebig during the 1940s.

The clan leader of this small group was Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi (c1920–1987) who was Debra McDonald’s grandfather. Shorty Lungkata became one of the well-known artists at Papunya during the 1970s and 1980s and his stories relate to the ancestral sites that he knew from his country near Lake MacDonald.

Debra Nangala McDonald is also related to artist Mitjili Napurrula through marriage, and has kept a close association with her mother in law, often painting alongside her. But most of the subject material of Debra’s paintings come from her grandfather’s lineage as she keeps the ancient stories alive as part of the new generation of artists working in the Pintupi tradition.