Naarta Ross Nungurrayi

Naarta Ross Nungurrayi, from the Pintubi tribe, comes from Kintore, Northern Territory.
Born circa 1932 at Kumil, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia, is one of the most respected Pupunya Tula women artists. She lives in Walungurru and often paints with her sister Nancy Nungurrayi. George Tjungurrayi is her brother. They are famous for their bold expressive line works and then “piling on” of paint in a dense and often vibrantly coloured profusion to create some of the most radiant and richly textured surfaces ever to be seen. All her works are associated with women’s concerns and women’s Law (Tingari cycle). She paints traditional designs depicting sacred women’s sites and women performing sacred women’s ceremonies in the Kintore area as well as the designs that thy paint on their bodies when performing ceremonies. In 1999, she and her sister & eight other women from Walungurru, collaborated on a large canvas which was subsequently exhibited at the Art Gallery of N.S.W. in Sydney.
One of her body paint designs was used as a motif on an Australian stamp in 2003
Selected Collections: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Australian Institute for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra; Artbank; Flinders Art Museum, Adelaide; Papunya Tula Artists; Minyma Tjukurrpa (1995) & twenty five years and beyond (1999); 1999 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; 2003 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; 2003 Naata Nungurrayi & Pegleg Tjampitjinpa ‘Recent Paintings’ Flinders Lane Gallery
Awards; 2001, Finalist in 19th Telstra NATSIAA;
Naata is rated in the top 50 of all world artists & her traditional style is very much sought after by collectors worldwide.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Mellor D and Megaw V., ‘Twenty-Five Years and Beyond, Papunya Tulle Paintings’, exhibition catalogue, Flinders Art Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Flinders Press, 1999
Papunya Tula, ‘Genesis and Genius’, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of NSW, 2000