Ningura Napurrula

Ningura Napurrula born circa 1938 at Watulka, south of Kiwirrkura community. Sadly passed away 2013
Part of the Pintubi Tribe, she was married to the late Yala Yala Gibbs who was a famous founder of the Papunya art movement. She moved to Papunya in the early days of the settlement. In 1996 she was part of a group of elderly women from Kintore and Kiwirrkura who began painting for Papunya Tula Artists group. Characteristic of her work is a strong dynamism and rich linear design compositions created with heavy layers of acrylic paint. Ningura started painting her own paintings, remembering the teaching of the old men and the importance of the layout of the story. Ningura paints the mythological events of her Ancestors. As she paints Ningura will sing the songs for that story, her paintings are focused and depict the travels of her Ancestors and the sacred sites in her country.
Her profile & prices have risen dramatically since she was one of a few Aboriginal artists selected to participate in painting the new Musee du quai Branly in Paris.
She featured in an initial Papunya Tula exhibition in 1996 and several group shows in Sydney, Melbourne & Darwin in 1999. 2000,
First solo exhibition, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne and participated in the impressive Kintore Women’s painting for Papunya Tula retrospective at the Art gallery of N.S.W.; Aborigena at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy (2001); Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Prague, Toskansky Place, Prague, Czech Republic (2003); and Masterpieces from the Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2003);
Australia Post Stamps $1.10 Ningura Napurrula (Pintupi), untitled, 2002;
2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs; 2003 Gallery Pizzi, Melbourne
2001 Finalist 18th Telstra NATSIAA; 2002, 32nd Alice Prize, highly commended.
Her work is represented in the following Collections: the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.