Topsy Fischer Napurrula

Topsy Fischer Napurrula

Country: Yuendumu
Nationality: Australian
Language group: Warlpiri


Topsy Fisher Napurrula lives in Nyirrpi, an Aboriginal Community 460 kilometers North West of Alice Springs, in the Central Desert of Australia. Topsy paints her Jukurrpa (Dreamings), which are associated with her country called Mawurrtji, north of Nyirrpi. Jukurrpa or Dreamings are stories about the spiritual ancestors of the Australian Aboriginals. They are believed to have created the world as we know it with mountains, waterholes, animals and plants. The Jukurrpa stories are the foundation of morality, religion and way of life of the Aboriginals in Australia.

Topsy's Jukurrpa belongs to all with the skinnames Napurrula, Nakamarra, Japurrula, and Jakamarra. The stories that Topsy paints are creation stories that are closely connected with her traditional country and that feature aspects of its landscape and animals. Topsy is widowed. She has one son and has several grandchildren.


Group Exihibitions

2007 Emerging, Gallery Gondwana, Sydney, NSW
2007 Couples, painting partners from Yuendumu & Nyirrpi, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
2007 Vivid Visions, Warlpiri women from Yuendumu and yonder, Cooe Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW 2007 Stocking, Artereal, Sydney, NSW
2008 Yuendumu, Emerging Artists, Better World Arts, Port Adelaide, SA

2018 'East meets West', SmithDavidson Gallery, Okt - Dec, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Artist's locations

view work by Topsy Fischer Napurrula

Ngapa Tjukurrpa (Water Dreaming) at Puyurru #467

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