Ningura Napurrula

Ningura Napurrula

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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.




Collections

  • Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
  • Artbank
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane
  • Kunst der Aborigines, Germany
  • Moree Plains Gallery, Moree
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • The Henderson Family Collection, Sydney
  • Owen Wagner Collection of Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • The Luczo Family Collection, USA
  • Sue and Ian Bernadt Collection, Perth
  • Corrigan Collection, Sydney
  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice
  • Collection Edmund and Diana Hasche, Sydney

Awards and Recognition

2011 Freemantle Arts Centre Print Award, Freemantle, WA
2009 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW - Finalist
2009 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Finalist
2007 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Finalist
2007 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2005 Artwork superimposed on ceiling of the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris
2003 Artwork depicted on Australia Post stamp
2002 Alice Art Prize, Alice Springs - Finalist and Highly Commended
2002 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney - Finalist
2001 18th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist
2000 17th NATSIAA, Darwin - Finalist

History


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2000 Ningura Napurrula, William Mora Aboriginal Art, Melbourne
2009 Ningura Napurrula: A survey 2005 to 2009, Utopia Art, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Papunya Tula: 50 years 1971-2021, S.H. Erwin Gallery, Sydney
2021 Desert Colours 2021, Incinerator Art Space, Sydney
2020 Still in the Desert, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2020 Pintupi Masters - Enduring Dreamings, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Matriarchs, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2020 Director's Choice 2020, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2017 A SWEEP: Old & New Works, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane
2015 Wynners, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2013 The Salon, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Painting Now, Utopia Art, Sydney
2013 Community V, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Community IV, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Classic Works from Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2012 Unique Perspectives, Papunya Tula Artists and the Alice Springs Community, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
2011 Papunya Tula Women's Art, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW
2011 Papunya Tula Artists: Paintings from the Western Desert, Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC
2011 Papunya Tula Artists - Community III, Utopia Art, Sydney
2010 Stories from the Centre, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2010 Recent Paintings, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2010 Nyakula Kanyini Piintapalyalpayi Kamu Walytja Tjanamapa Lurrtju - Caring for Artists and their Families, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2010 Ngurrakutu - Going Home, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2010 Ngurra Kutju Ngurrara - Belonging to One Country, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2010 Walkinkarralakutu - Journeys to Lake Mackay, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2010 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre
2010 Tradition & Innovation - Papunya Tula 2010, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2010 Small Paintings, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2010 Summer Show, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2010 Emerging Elders, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2009 Stockroom Show, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2009 5th Annual Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Sydney
2009 Nganana Tjungurrayi Tjukurrpa Nintintjakitja: We are Sharing our Dreaming, East Galleries, New York
2009 Painting the Country, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2009 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, The Chan Building, Bennett Park, Darwin
2009 Papunya 2009, Senior Pintupi Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2009 Community - the Heart of Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2009 Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - Same Stories - A New Way, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2009 Nganampatju Kanpatja Winjki, Ngnampatju Yara Winkii - All Our Paintings, All Our Stories, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2009 A decade of Australia’s indigenous fine art 1999-2009, Salt Gallery, Queenscliff, VIC
2008 Ngurra Yurra Kulintjaku - Always Remembering Country, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2008 New Paintings from Papunya Tula Artists, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2008 Papunya Tula Artists 2008, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2008 Papunya Tula - Recent Works, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2008 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin
2008 Aboriginal Art, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2008 20 Years Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2008 The Other Thing - A Survey Show, Charles Darwin University Art Collection, Darwin
2008 Kintore to Kiwirrkurra - Paunya Tula Artists, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2008 Marrkangku Yara Palyantjaku Ngurrangka - Making Strong Paintings at Home, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2007 Big Painting by Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2007 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Parliament House, Canberra
2007 Papunya Tula 2007, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2007 Group Show, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Aboriginal Art 2007, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2007 Recent Paintings 2007, Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin
2007 The Black and White Show, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2007 Wonderful World, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Adelaide
2007 Pintupi Art 2007, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2007 Pintupi - Mixed Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2006 A Particular Collection, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Across the Board, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2006 Papunya Tula Artists 2006, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2006 Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2006 Dreaming their Way, National Museum of Women in Arts, Washington, D.C.
2006 Pintupi, Hamiltons Gallery, London
2006 Pintupi Dreamtime, ReDot Gallery, Singapore
2006 Paintings by Papunya Tula Artists, Suzanne O' Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2006 Yawulyurru Kapalilu Palyara Nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2006 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2006 Papunya Tula Artists - Recent Paintings, Harriet Place, Darwin
2006 Pintupi Art 2006, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2006 Aboriginal Art 2006, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2006 Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane
2005 Pintupi Show, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2005 Papunya Tula Artists - New Work for a New Space, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Museum II, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Pintupi Women, Indigenart, Perth
2005 Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2005 Translation, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2005 Aboriginal Art 2005, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2005 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2005 Pintupi Arts 2005, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2004 Depth of Field - Anamorphosis, Artists Explore 'Absolute Matte', a new paint from Chroma Australia, Utopia Art, Sydney
2004 The Women's Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Papunya Tula - Selected Paintings, William More Galleries, Melbourne
2004 Pintupi Art 2004, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2004 Works from Kintore & Kiwirrkurra, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004 Ma Yungu - Pass it on, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2004 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2004 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2004 Mythology and Reality, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2003 Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Prague, Toskansky Place, Prague, Czech Republic
2003 Pintupi Art from the Western Desert, Indigenart, Perth
2003 Masterpieces from the Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2003 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2002 Solstice, Utopia Art, Sydney
2002 A Way Through, the Sue and Ian Bernadt Collection, Aboriginal paintings by women artists, Central TAFE Art Gallery, Perth
2002 Next Generation - Aboriginal Art 2002, Art House Gallery, Sydney
2002 Paintings from our Country, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2002 Aboriginal Art 2002, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2002 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2002 Pintupi Mens' and Women's Stories, Indigenart, Perth
2002 Art Born of the Western Desert, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2002 Saluting Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2002 The Redland Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Gallery, Sydney\2002 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2002 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2001 Aborigena at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy
2001 2001, Utopia Art, Sydney
2001 Six Painters from Papunya Tula Artists, Utopia Art, Sydney
2001 Museum, Utopia Art, Sydney
2001 Musee des Beaux Arts et d'Archeologie de Vienne, France
2001 Art House Gallery, Sydney
2001 Papunya Tula 2001, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2001 Papunya Tula Women, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Papunya Tula 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2001 Aboriginal Art 2001, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2001 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
2001 The White Show 2, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2001 Contemporary Australian and Aboriginal Art, Thornquest Gallery, Southport, QLD
2001 Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2001 Size Doesn't Matter, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Beyond Wings, Flinders University Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide
2000 Aboriginal Art 2000, Scott Livesey Art Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Encore, Utopia Art, Sydney
2000 Papunya Tula - Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2000 Spring Exhibition, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2000 Pintupi Women, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1999 New Horizons, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1999 Utopia Art, Sydney
1999 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1999 Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin
1999 New Horizons, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne