Naata Nungurrayi

Naata Nungurrayi was born around 1932 at Kumil West of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. Naata and her family, including renowned artists George Tjungurrayi and Nancy Nungurrayi were relocated to Papunya as a result of government patrols occurring at the time. Growing up in Papunya, Naata developed a strong passion for painting and painting techniques. This eventually led her to participating in the Kintore Haasts Bluff collaborative project of 1994. It was not until 1996 however that Naata began painting in her own right for the Papunya Tula Artists Company. 

Naata now currently resides in Walungurru and is a senior ceremonial woman for the Kintore people. Hailing from this region, Naata’s work is reflective of the distinctive style of rich vibrant colours mixed together often creating a textured surface. Her art work specifically tells the stories of the Tingari cycle or women’s laws and concerns. Naata expresses this on canvas with traditional designs to convey sacred sites for women in the Kintore region. Naata also paints the traditional women’s ceremonial body paint designs onto canvas. 

In 1999 Naata and her sister Nancy were one of eight women selected to participate in a joint collaboration on one large canvas displayed in the Art Gallery of NSW. In 2003 one of Naata’s paintings was featured as a motif for an Australian stamp. Naata is also represented in many private and public collections worldwide.