Nabulla Scobie Napurrula

Nabulla Scobie Napurrula was born 1950, near Haasts Bluff and grew up in Papunya. Her parents were forcefully transported there together with 400 other aborigines as part of the official assimilation policy. Nabulla stayed there until the beginning of the 80s. Both her older brother Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula her husband Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka are artists. She assisted her husband for many years in painting the background details to his paintings, but first began working independently in the 80s. In those early years she was the only female artist working in the Pintupi area.
She is also the step sister to Mitjili Napurrula.

1984 Alice Springs Art Award, Alice Springs; 1984 Papunya and Beyond, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs; 1985 Two Worlds Collide: Cultural Convergences in Aboriginal and White Australian Art, Artspace, Sydney, Australia; 1987 Art and Aboriginality, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; 1988 Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia; 1988 Recent Aboriginal Paintings. Incorporating the Maude Vizard-Wholohan Art Prize Purchase Awards, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide;
1988 Wanderausstellung in China; 1990 Friendly Country – Friendly People, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia; 1991 The Painted Dream. Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; 1994 Chapman Gallery, Canberra, Australia; 1996 Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd., Alice Springs; 1997 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; 1997 Geschichtenbilder, Aboriginal Art Galerie Bähr, Speyer; 1999 Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; 2001 Aboriginal Art 2001, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Australia; 2001 Galerie Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark; 2001 Museé des Beaux Arts et d´Archeologie de Vienne.

Exhibitions of her work include:
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Australian Museum, Sydney; Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide; Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Robert Holmes of Court-Sam lung, Perth; South Australian Museum, Adelaide; Art from the Heart Exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville – a show then destined to travel to Japan.
Winner of the prestigious Australian National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Telstra Award (1st Prize) in 2001
The highest price for a Nabulla Scobie painting sold at auction was $9,020 Lot No. 15 against an estimate $5,000-8,000, Windbreak Rockhole and Women’s Body Paint, acrylic on canvas, 122x201cm Elder Fine Art Adelaide 06/08/2006