Ningura Napurrula (c. 1938 - 2013) led a traditional nomadic lifestyle until in her early twenties when she and her family met up with Jeremy Long’s 1962 Welfare Branch patrol.
Her husband Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (c. 1924 - 1998) was a founding member of the arts cooperative in Papunya and Ningura had assisted him with his paintings.
Ningura only started painting in May 1995, and Yala Yala’s influence was evident in her works, having observed him painting for over two decades.
Over the years, she has in emerged as one of Papunya Tula's top artists, and in 2004 was one of eight Aboriginal artists selected to have an example of their work incorporated into the architecture of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. In 2007, she was also featured as Australia’s 50 most collectable artist by the Australian Art Collector Magazine.
Her current solo exhibition in the Gallery, a rare showcase of 15 paintings, are works completed between 2007 - 2012. The show will be ongoing until 12 November, so come on down to see her works in person while you got the chance to!
(C) Photo Courtesy of Paul Sweeney & Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd.
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