Ningura Napurrula

Ningura Napurrula
1938 (Watulka, Northern Territory) - 2013

Country: Kiwirkurra
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Pintupi


Ningura Naparrula was born around 1938 in Watulka, south of Kiwirkurra, Northern Territory. Ningura Napurrula is the widow of the famous Papunya artist Yala Yala Gibbs. Ningura was represented at the ARCO Art Fair 2002 in Spain and in the same year won the prestigious Alice Prize. Ningura Naparrula began painting in the 90s and with Naata Nungurrayi is one of the founders of the ‘Pintupi Painting Women’ movement from Kintore. Her most impressive work is large in size and often executed in two colors (usually black and white or red and white). Her work stands out for its sharp patterns in which white dots form a delicate linear web where the dark background shines through. This gives the illusion that the dark surface forms the upper layer of paint, which gives her paintings a spectacular perspective. She paints with a refinement and detail that is exceptional for Aboriginal Art. Ningura is also a member of the Papunya Tula Artists collective. Since motifs from her work were included in the architecture of the 2006 opening of the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, her work has become popular worldwide.

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