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Birth Place: South of Willowra
Skin Name: Nungarrayi
Nungarrayi is a traditional woman bringing years of bush living and travel by foot and later in life vehicle to her painting. Her early life was with other Warlpiri on Mt Doreen cattle station when her family wasn’t travelling around their lands. She has worked for many years teaching Warlpiri language and culture to children in the school’s bilingual education program.
Her initial medium was ochre when painting onto the body for ceremonies, and she still practices this, as well as painting with acrylic on canvas and linen. Nungarrayi delights in the variations of colours now available to her. Her sister Lily Nungarrayi Jurrah/Hargraves is also a committed artist and they often paint at the art centre together.
Nungarrayi began painting in 1986 in Lajamanu after a TAFE course introduced the community to Acrylic and Canvas. Nungarrayi’s art has been widely exhibited in Australia and is held in major national collections.
2015 August Form Gallery and June Tunbridge Gallery
2014 July Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantajaku Tjuta
2012 January “Touch the Ground” Brits Art Germany ,Brave Festival Wroclaw Poland and Galerie Yapa Paris France
2010 January “Milpirri” Lajamanu
2009 January Framed Gallery, Darwin
2008 January Holiday Inn, Darwin, Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation – Biddy Yulngarri Jurrah/Long
2001 January Tandanya, Adelaide
1989 January Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne
AAMU – MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL ART, HOLLAND