DOB: c.1938 - 2013
Born: Watulka, Kiwirrkurra, WA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Ngaatjatjarra
COMMUNITY: Kintore, NT
Ningura was born around 1938 at Watulka, south of the Kiwirrkurra 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.
2009 Ningura Napurrula: A survey 2005 to 2009, Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW
2000 Ningura Napurrula, William Mora Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, VIC
2003 Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Prague, Toskansky Place, Prague, Czech Republic
2003 Masterpieces from the Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2001 Aborigena at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy
2009 Wynne Prize Finalist
2002 Alice Art Prize Highly Commended
2001 NATSIAA Finalist
2000 NATSIAA Finalist
OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE
2003 - artwork depicted on Australia Post stamp
2005 - artwork superimposed on ceiling of the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris
Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, ACT
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane, QLD
Kunst der Aborigines, Germany
Moree Plains Gallery, Moree, NSW
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT