Born:c.1938 – 2013
Ningura was born at Watulka, south of the modern Kiwirrkura Community. She was the wife of the renowned early movement artist and highly respected Pintupi elder the late Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi, and began painting for the Papunya Tula Artists Collective in 1996.
Ningura’s work is characterised by its strong dynamism and rich linear designs with heavy layers of acrylic paint, these lines are white dots which build up and become lines, revealing the darker colour underneath. In 2002 her work was represented at ARCO in Spain, and in the same year received a highly recommended award at the Alice Prize. Furthermore, in 2003 her work was featured on an international stamp in a series released by Australia Post.
Her work has been represented in several group exhibitions, as well as a solo exhibition at William Mora Galleries in Melbourne in 2000 and in June 2006 she was one of only eight indigenous Australian artists to have their work incorporated into the new Musee du Quai Branly in Paris.
Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France