Ningura Napurrula Paintings
Ningura Napurrula - Pintupi artist, b.1938, Watulka, south of Kiwirrkura, paints rockhole sites on ancestral country.
The impressive artistic designs of Pintupi artist Ningura Napurrula (1938- 2013) were beautifully realised at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, when the artist’s work was incorporated into the surface decoration of the building. Seen from ground level, the black and white contours of the artwork dance over the form of the building.
Ningura Napurrula is strongly connected to the Papunya school of painters – she was married to famous artist and elder Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi. Since 1995 Ningura Napurrula has established her own reputation as a painter, and today is represented in major national collections including National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, and Art Gallery of Northern Territory.
Ningura Napurrula depicts the mythological events of her ancestors – her paintings focus on the travels of the female Ancestor, the sacred sites she created on her journey and the mythological significance of bush tucker collected along the way. In the Creation era, the old woman Kutunga Napanangka passed through this country as she travelled east. She passed through numerous sites on the way before arriving at the permanent site of Muruntji, south west of Mt Liebig. These travels and rituals remain at the core of the customs and ceremonial lives of Pintupi women today. Aboriginal art status – Collectable artist.
2000 William Mora Aboriginal Art, Melbourne VIC
2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs NT
2001 Aborigena, Pallazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy
2002 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT
2003 Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2003 Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Prague’, Toskansky Place, Prague, Czech Republic
2003 Masterpieces from the Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London UK
2003 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne VIC
2006 Luminaries of the Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2006 Towards Black and White, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 In Black and White, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012 Heirs and Successors, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2012 Little Gems, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA