About The Artist
Born: c1938 – 2013
Region: Kiwirrkurra, Tjukula Western Australia
Language group: Pintupi
Born at Watulka, south of Kiwirrkurra, Ningura was married to Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (now deceased), an outstanding artist who painted for Papunya Tula Artists. Her depictions include the story for Wirrulnga, a rockhole east of Kiwirrkurra.
Depicting the use of Aboriginal iconography the painting recounts the travels of her ancestors and the rock hole site of Walyuta (south-west of Kintore) in the Western Desert in Central Australia. Ningura’s work is characterized with the strong dynamism and bold linear design- compositions created by heavy layers of acrylic paint. (This is due to desert cultural restrictions that some of the designs are considered of a sacred status and as such cannot be viewed by men or uninitiated women and therefore are first laid down & then covered with thick layer of paint.)
Her painting was used as a motif on an Australian stamp in 2003 in addition in 2006 was one of eight aboriginal artists selected by the Museum du quai Branly (Paris) to paint a portion of the ceiling and facade.
2001 Pintupi, Alice Springs;
2002 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs;
2003 Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne;
2003 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne;
Selection Collections; AIATSIS: – Canberra;
Awards: 2001 Finalists 18Telstra NATSIAA;
Awards: 2001, Finalist 18th Telstra NATSIAA;
2002, 32rd Alice Prize, highly commended.