Artist: Ningura Napurrula
Skin Name: Napurrula
Born: c.1938 - 2013
Region: Kiwirrkura
Language: Pintupi
Subjects and Themes(Dreaming): Travels of her female ancestors, the sites they passed and the bush tucker they collected.



Ningura Napurrula was born around 1938 at Watulka, south of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia. She was married to

Pintupi artist Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi, a leading figure, who died in 1998. Ningura's blossoming of Aboriginal art famously began at Papunya in 1970`s. Overs years, Ningura observed the senior artists in Papunya working on large paintings and listened to them discussing the importance of the story layout and the meaning behind each peice. The painting syle derives from the artist`s knowledge of traditional body and sand painting associated with ancient ceremonies. 
In 2000, Ningura had her first solo exhibition with William Mora Aboriginal Art, and participated in the impressive Kintore Women's Painting for the Papunya Tula retrospective at the Art Gallery of NSW. 
In 2003, Australia Post celebrated her work by featuring it on stamps. Iin 2006, she gain worldwide attintion when her work was used to decorate a building at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, an art museum specialising in indigenous art from all around the world. Her art is unique because this women grew up in the desert and as a young person had no contact with western civilisation.



  • 2006 Papunya Tula Artists - across the board, Utopia Arts Sydney, Sydney
  • 2006 Oceanic Art, Galerie DAD, Paris, France
  • 2005 Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
  • 2005 Papunya Tula Artists - new work for a new space, Utopia Art Sydney
  • 2005 Repetition, Fire - Works Gallery, Brisbane
  • 2004 Mythology and Reality - Contemporary Aboriginal Desert Art from the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
  • 2004 Peintres Pintupi, Galerie DAD, Mantes-la-Jolie, France
  • 2003 'Masterpieces from the Western Desert', Gavin Graham Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • 2003 'Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Prague', Toskansky Place, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2003 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
  • 2003 Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2002 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
  • 2001 'Aborigena' at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy; Pintupi, Alice Spring


  • 2000 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 



  • Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Canberra 
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin 
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 
  • Redrock gallery, Melbourne 
  • Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Melbourne 


  • 2003 Australia Post celebrated her work by featuring it on stamps 
  • 2002 32nd Alice Prize, Highly Commended 
  • 2001 Finalist 18th Telstra NATSIAA 

SOURCE: Birnberg, M & Kreczmanski, JB 2004, Aboriginal artists dictionary of biographies: Western Desert, Central Desert and Kimberley Region, 1st edn., JB Publishing, Marleston.

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