Ningura Napurrula

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DOB: c.1938 - 2013
Born: Watulka, Kiwirrkurra, WA

Ningura was born around 1938 at Watulka, south of the Kiwirrkura Community, west of Alice Springs. Ningura moved to Papunya in the early days of the settlement with her husband Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi.

After originally learning her trade whilst doing the background dotting on Yala Yala's works, Ningura took up painting in her own right following the 1996 Kintore Women's Painting Project. She had her first solo exhibition with William Mora Aboriginal Art in 2000 and participated in the impressive Kintore Women's Painting for the Papunya Tula retrospective at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Ningura's status as one of our premier artists was cemented when she was chosen as the sole female desert artist to paint the ceiling of the acclaimed Musee du quai Branly in Paris. As well as the Musee du quai Branly, Ningura is represented in major public galleries both nationally and internationally.

Her work is characterised by a strong dynamism and rich linear design-compositions, created with heavy layers of acrylic paint. According to Australian Art Collector No.37, Ningura Napurrula is one of Australia's most important and collectable artists.

2001 - 'Aborigena' at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy
2003 - 'Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Prague', Toskansky Place, Prague, Czech Republic
2003 - 'Masterpieces from the Western Desert', Gavin Graham Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Finalist, 2001 Telstra Art Awards
Highly Commended, 2002 Alice Prize
2003 - artwork depicted on Australia Post stamp
2005 - invited to paint ceiling in the Musee du Qaui Branly, Paris
Finalist, 2009 Wynne Prize, AGNSW

Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney