Ningura Napurrula - Aboriginal Artist from Pupunya
Born: c1938 - 2013
Region: Kiwirrkurra, Tjukula – Western Australia
Keeping Culture Alive
Ningura Napurrula was born at Watulka, which is south of Kiwirrkurra. Ningura moved to Papunya in the early days of settlement and was married to Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (also deceased) an outstanding artist who painted for Papunya Tula Artists.
In 1996 she was part of a group of elderly women from Kintore and Kiwirrkurra who began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in their own right. Ningura participated in an initial Papunya Tula Artists exhibition in 1996 and in the impressive Kintore Women's Painting for the Papunya Tula retrospective at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Her depictions include the story for Wirrulnga, a Rockhole east of Kiwirrkurra. In 2003 her painting was used as a motif on an Australian stamp.
Artwork in the Musee du Quai Branly
Ningura Napurrula was one of eight Australian Indigenous Artists to be commissioned in 2003 to collaborate to produce artwork to be permanently installed in the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France, which opened in 2006. The signature work of Ningura adorn a ceiling within the museum, and in a hallway, along with Aboriginal artists (Mawurndjul, Gulumbu Yunipingu, Paddy Bedford, Lena Nyadbi, Tommy Watson, Judy Watson and Michael Riley).
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