Ningura has been named as “one of the most collectible artists” by the The Australian Art Collector magazine. She paints classical images based on ancestral women’s stories using bold intricate linework and a dense monochrome infilling of colour. As a traditional woman Ningura often sings the songs for the story appearing on the canvas as she paints.
Using designs associated with the rockhole sites of Palturunya and Wirrulnga, east of the Kiwirrkura Community (Mt. Webb) in Western Australia, Ningura’s paintings depict the mythological events of her female ancestors and the sacred sites that they passed and the bush tucker they collected. The concentric circles represent rockholes whilst the arcs depict the higher rocky outcrops near the site. The ‘U’ shapes within her paintings represent women camped at the site, reflecting the mark left in the sand by the seated women.
In 2005 Ningura Napurrula was invited to paint a portion of the ceiling in the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France.
Awards and Important Commissions
2002 Australian Post - the Stamps (LEFT) $1.10 Ningura Napurrula (Pintupi)
2002 Alice Prize
2001 Finalist 18th Telstra Art Award, Australian National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Telstra Award
Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France.
HOOD Museum of Art, Hanover, MA, USA.
National Museum of Women in the Arts. Washington, USA
The Palace of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Alice Springs Art Price Collection, Alice Springs
Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin
The Harold Mitchell Foundation and the Australia Council
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Australian Tourism collection, Adelaide
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Collection
Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Collection Architecture Australia magazine