Narpula Scobie Napurrula Biography

Narpula Scobie - Aboriginal Artist 

Mary Brown Napangardi

Born:            c1953
Language:   Pintupi
Region:        Yuendumu, Nyirripi - Northern Territory
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Keeping Culture Alive

Mary Brown Napangarti was born c. 1953 in a bush camp at Mandarine, south west of Yuendumu in central Australia. As a young girl, Mary lived a traditional lifestyle, learning about gathering bush tucker, bush medicine, making necklaces for ceremonies.

Whilst Mary was still young, her family was  moved to Yuendumu. She lived there for some time with her family and then with her husband and fellow artist, Mick “Pegleg” Brown Tjampitjinpa (passed away) . Mary and Mick later moved to Mt Liebig and then onto Nyirripi.

Mary started to paint in the early 1990’s. Mary lives at Yuendumu and is the wife of celebrated artist, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa.


Narpula Scobie Napurrula

Born:            c1950
Language:   Pintupi
Region:        Walungurru (Kintore) - Northern Territory
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Keeping Culture Alive

Born at Haast Bluff, Narpula Scobie commenced painting for Papunya Tula Artists in the early 1980's and was one of the first women to do so in Walungurru.  She was married to Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka (now deceased), a Pintupi artist who was involved at the beginning of the art movement in Papunya.  Narpula Scobies art is still evolving and she finds new ways of depicting the traditional stories of her Dreamings.  She was a finalist in the 2001, 18th Telstra NATSIAA.
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