Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi Paintings
Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi, Warlpiri artist born 1978 at Mt Allan, paints country and Dreaming stories taught from her mother Maureen Hudson Nampitjinpa
Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi was born in 1978 at Mt Allan Station, the community called Yuelamu, located about 50 km from Yuendumu on the Tanami Road north-west from Alice Springs. Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi comes from a strong family of artists – she is the daughter of renowned Warlpiri artist Maureen Hudson Nampitjinpa, the niece of Jean Nampitjinpa and her mother-in-law is Nancy Martin Napangardi.
Gwenda Turner’s style is reminiscent of that of her mother Maureen Hudson, which is not surprising since Maureen has passed on her stories directly to her two daughters, Gwenda and Jillian, who have both been painting since their teenage years. Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi began painting when she was just fifteen years old.
In her paintings, Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi often depicts the rivers and sandhills of her traditional country, Warlukurlangu (Bushfire Country). As a young child she had travelled with her family through this country gathering native bush tucker and bush medicine around the sand hill country, known as jilja-marra-marra. The sand hills of this area are significant as they support a wide variety of flora and fauna. After heavy rainfall, there is an abundance of new growth, fresh grass and small shrubs, which encourage the local wildlife to return to the area in search of food, which enables the traditional people to hunt on this country again.
Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi uses traditional painting techniques to capture the stories and forms of her family’s country. Her paintings are being widely collected by private buyers in Australia.