Naata Nungurrayi

Born circa 1932
Lives and works in Kumil, west of the Pollock Hills, WA

Artist's CV

Born near Walawala in the Gibson Desert in Western Australia, Naata and her family walked into Papunya in the mid-1960's when they met the Native Welfare patrol led by Jeremy Long. Naata is the sister of Nancy Nungurrayi and George Tjungurrayi and the mother of Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa and Tjitji Ross Tjampitjinpa. She now lives with her family at Kintore.

Naata began painting with Papunya Tula Artists in 1996. In 1999 her work was included in Twenty Five Years and Beyond at Flinders University Art Museum and in 2000 the Art Gallery of NSW included her work in its exhibition Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius.  

Naata's paintings often depict her country Walawala, as well as women's ceremonies around the "Marrapinta" - a sacred waterhole west of Pollock Hills, Ngaripunkunya rockhole west of Kiwirrkurra—a  stopping place for travelling ancestral wormen, Wirrulnga rockhole, east of Kiwirrkurra and Ngaminya rockhole south and Wanku and Piti Kutjarra soakage northwest of Kiwirrkurra.  She often paints her 'home' which is Karilwara, two rockholes located northwest of Kiwirrkurra. Her dreaming stories often depict women gathering Kampurapara (desert raisins) which is eaten straight from the plant or ground into a flour and baked.  Naata records her country with "tali" or sandhills, "puli" or rock outcrops and "punti" or vegetation.

Naata is widely regarded as one of the leading women artists of the Western Desert.  In 2003 her work was used as a motif on an Australian stamp.

\ Artworks

Untitled AENA12-15KM

Acrylic on linen \ 91x121cm


Untitled AENA22-1212KM

2012 \ Acrylic on linen \ 46x152cm

Untitled AENA27-1212KM

2012 \ Acrylic on linen \ 182x244cm

Untitled Drawing II

Watercolour on paper \ 68.5 x 49cm (framed size)

Untitled I

2013 \ Etching 4 \ 49 x 39.5cm (framed size) \ Edition 10/10

Untitled drawing I

Watercolour on paper \ 68.5 x 49cm (framed size)

\ News


The Indigenous Art Market - An Insider's Observation

3 April 2017

by Ralph Hobbs
Published by Aboriginal Art Directory 
5 April, 2007

Aboriginal Art Directory's article by N\H Director, Ralph Hobbs, The Indigenous Art Market: An insiders observation is a hard-hitting and pragmatic insight into a market that has seen enormous highs and lows—but remains strong and progressive and will always be of profound importance to the cultural history of Australia.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Naata Nungurrayi

Landscape and Memory

Group Exhibition

2 September — 23 September 2023


Group Exhibition

9 September — 2 October 2021

Masterpieces from the Western Desert

Group Exhibition

22 February — 10 March 2018

Selected Indigenous Paintings

Group Exhibition

8 December 2015 — 15 January 2016


Group Exhibition

12 February — 20 February 2015

Contact Us

to find out more about Naata Nungurrayi.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Closed Public Holidays (and Easter Saturday)