Ningura Napurrula

Australian, 1938–2013

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Ningura Napurrula

Australian, 1938–2013

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Ningura Napurrula has become one of the most prominent female painters of the contemporary generation of aboriginal Australian artists. She was part of the Kintore/Haasts Bluff women’s painting project in 1995, where she began to make her abstract paintings on canvas. Her signature motif is a black-and-white line pattern with occasional accents in bright colors; it carries a symbolic meaning derived from her ancestral mythology. In 2002, Napurrula’s growing national prominence was reaffirmed when her work was featured on an Australian postage stamp; her work is also featured on the ceiling in the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

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Ningura Napurrula has become one of the most prominent female painters of the contemporary generation of aboriginal Australian artists. She was part of the Kintore/Haasts Bluff women’s painting project in 1995, where she began to make her abstract paintings on canvas. Her signature motif is a black-and-white line pattern with occasional accents in bright colors; it carries a symbolic meaning derived from her ancestral mythology. In 2002, Napurrula’s growing national prominence was reaffirmed when her work was featured on an Australian postage stamp; her work is also featured on the ceiling in the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris.

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