Naata Nungurrayi

Born circa 1932 near Kumil, west of the Pollock Hills, Western Australia. Sister of Nancy Nungurrayi and George Tjungurrayi and mother of Kenny Williams Tjampitinpa, Naata is part of a family with great artistic strength. She and her family moved from the desert to Papunya in the mid 1960’s when they met the Native Welfare patrol led by Jeremy Long. In 1994 she participated in the Kintore-Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project and began painting with the Papunya Tula Artists in 1996. Naata is famous for her bold linear style, the dense use of painting medium and the radiant and richly textured surfaces of her work. The Dreamings that Naata paints are traditional designs associated with Tingari themes, depicting sacred women’s ceremonial sites, the performance of their dancing and the designs painted on the upper part of their bodies for Women’s Business (Law). Named among the Top 50 of Australia’s Most Collectable Artists in 2004 in Australian Art Collector, Naata’s work has been widely exhibited and collected. In 1999 her work was included in Twenty Five Years and Beyond at Flinders University Art Museum and in 2000 in Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius at the Art Gallery of NSW. Naata has been nominated for the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Her work is held in major collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales; National Gallery of Victoria; Museums & Act Galleries of the Northern Territory; Australian institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Artbank and The Holmes a Court Collection.

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