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Naata Nungurrayi

1932 Pollock Hills, Australia

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Naata Nungurrayi is a respected senior elder and is recognised as a highly important artist in the Kintore women's artist movement. Naata was born c.1932 at the rock hole site of Kumil, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. She lives now in Walungurru with her sister Nancy Nungurrayi. Naata is from the Pintupi Language group. Naata and her family came to Papunya from the desert bush in April 1962, and were brought into a camp by Jeremy Long, who was operating patrols out of Darwin.

When Walungurru (Kintore ) was established as the main Pintupi settlement in early 1982, Naata moved there with Pintupi people from her camp and from the west camp at Papunya. Naata started painting in late 1994 at Kintore along with other women artists from the Haasts Bluff community and began commissioned paintings for Papunya Tula artists in 1996. Naata is a full blood sister to Nancy Nungurrayi Ross, sister to George (Hairbrush) Tjungurrayi, and mother to Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa; all highly respected nd internationally acclaimed aartists in their own right.

The Dreamings that Naata paints, depict sacred women's sites and women's ceremonies in the Kintore and Kiwirrkurra region. As an elder and through her lineage, Naata is one of the few women to have permission to paint certain features of these Dreamings. She has developed a distinctive style, quite different to the men’s' style of the region.

Her paintings are sought by most major Australian galleries and collectors worldwide. Naata's artworks have been entered into the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, a prestigious Award established in 1984 to recognize the important contribution made by Indigenous artists and is now one of the premier national events in the Australian Indigenous art calendar. Naata Nungurrayi was named among the Top 50 of Australia's Most Collectable Artists in Australian Art Collector January - March 2004, right at the moment of this artwork below.

COLLECTIONS:

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
The Holmes a Court Collection
Steve Martin’s Private Collection

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