Born: c. 1932
State: WA, NT
Region: Western Desert
Outstation: Kiwirrkura, Lake Mackay, Karkun, Kilpiny
Social Affiliation: Nungurrayi subsection
Medium: Acrylic paint on canvas
Subjects: Tingari, Women Ceremonies
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.
1997 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs,
Northern Territory, Australia.
1997 Chapman Gallery, Manuka. Canberra, ACT. Australia.
1999 Utopia Art, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
1999 Flinders University of South Australia, Bedford Pafk, South
1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, 'New Horizons 2000', Melbourne,
2000 'Lines', Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
2000 'Aboriginal Art 2000' Scott Livesey Art Gallery, Armadale,
Victoria. Australia. .
2000 Papunya Tula 'Genesis and Genius', Art Gallery of New South
Wales, Sydney, Australia.
2000 17th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award,
Darwin, NT, Australia.
2000 Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2000 Gallery Gabriefle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,
2000 'Pintupi Women', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northem
2001 Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
2001 Art House Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales. Australia.
2001 'Art of the Pintupi'. Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide,
South Australia, Australia,
2001 'Aboriginal Art 20O1, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne,
2001 'Papunyo Tula 30th Anniversary Exhibition', Chapman Gallery,
Canberra, ACT, Australia.
2001 Indigenart, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia. :
2001 'Pintupi Exhibition', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs,
Northern Territory, Australia.
2001 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award,
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. 2001 'Kintore and Kiwirrkura',
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2001 'Museum', Utopia Art, Sydney, New South Wales, Austratia.
2001 'Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art', Comunlidad de
Madrid touring exhibition, Spain.
2002 'Next Generation - Aboriginal Art 2002' Art House Gallery,
Sydney, NSW, Australia. 2002 'Paintings From Our Country', Tony
Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
2002 'Pintupi Mens' and Wornens' Stories', Indigenart, Sublaco,
Western Australlia, Australia.
2002 'Art Born Of The Western Desert', Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern
2002 'Saluting Papunya', Chapman Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital
2002 19th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art
Award, Darwin, NT Australia.
2002 'Pintupi Artists', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern
2003 'Pintupi Art 2003', Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide,
South Australia, AustraIia.
Mellor D. & Megaw V. Twenty-Five Years and Beyond, Papunya Tula Paintings,
exhibition catalogue, Flinders Art museum, Adelaide, South Australia,
Australia, Flinders Press, 1999.
'Aboriginal Art 2000' exhibition cat. Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne,
Vic, Australia, 2001.
Papunya Tula 'Genesis and Genius', exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of
NSW, Australia, 2000.
'Aboriginal Art 2001' exhibition cat. Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne,
Vic, Australia, 2001.
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Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Naata Nunigurrayi was born at the site of Kumil, which is west of
the Pollock Hills in Westem Australia, c.1932. She came into
Papuunya with her family on one of Jeremy Long's government patrols.
Naata began painting for the company in early 1996, her son is
Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa also a well known artist. In 1999
Naata contributed to the Kintore womens' painting as part of the
Western Desert Dialysis Appeal.
Naata is the sister of George Tjungurrayi and Nancy Nungurrayi,
both highly sought after artists. It was in 1994 that saw the
emergence of the Pintupi 'painting women' in a "women's painting
camp behind the women's mountain at Kintore involving senior
ceremonial women from the Kintore region and their kinswomen from
the Ikuntji Women's Centre at Haast Bluff.
They are famous for their bold expressive line works and then
'piling on' of paint in a dense and often vibrantly coloured
profusion to create some of the most radiant and richly textured
surfaces ever to be seen. Naata Nungurrayi from the Pintubi
Language group from Kintore is one of the leading Kintore women
artists & is in her 70's. A respected senior elder whose artwork
is sought after by collectors worldwide. All her works are associated
with women's concerns and Women's Law (Tingari cycle). She paints
traditional designs depicting sacred women's sites and women
performing sacred women's ceremonies in the Kintore area as well
as the designs that they paint on their bodies when performing ceremonies.
Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the
Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing
rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari women
usually followed the Tingari men and were accompanied by novices.
It is the Tingari men and women's travels and adventures that are
enshrined in a number of song cycles. It is only through initiation
ceremony that Nancy has permission to paint the stories that she does.
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