Naata Nungurrayi

Naata Nungurrayi is a Pintupi artist born c.1932 at the rockhole site of Kumil, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. 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. 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.

The Dreamings that Naata paints depict sacred women’s sites and women’s ceremonies in the Kintore and Kiwirrkura 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 sytle, quite different to the mens’ 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.

AWARDS:
Finalist, 2008 WA Art Award
Nominated for the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

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

Selected exhibitions:
1995: Minyma Tjukurrpa
1997: The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
1999: Twenty-Five Years and Beyond Flinders University of South Australia, Bedford Park, South Australia, Australia
2000: Dream Space,Original and Authentic Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, Victoria
2000: Papunya Tula “Genesis and Genius”, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
2000: 17th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT, Australia
2000: “Pintupi Women”, Papunya Tula Artists, Northern Territory, Australia.
2001: Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
2001: “Papunya Tula 30th Anniversary Exhibition”, Canberra, ACT, Australia
2001: “Pintupi Exhibition”, Papunya Tula Artists, Northern Territory, Australia
2001: 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
2001: “Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art”, Comunlidad de Madred touring exhibition, Spain
2002: “Paintings from our Country” Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2002: “Pintupi Mens and Womens Stories”, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
2002: 19th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT Australia
2002: “Pintupi Artists”, Papunya Tula Artists, Northern Territory, Australia.
2003: “Pintupi Art 2003”
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
2003 20th National Aboriginal & Torres strait Islander Art Award