Ningura Napurrula

Ningura Napurrula was born at Watulka, south of Kiwirrkurra, Western Australia c.1938. She is the widow of Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi, a highly respected Pintupi elder who held significant knowledge of his countries Dreaming stories.

Ningura’s paintings depict designs associated with the rockhole sites of Palturunya and Wirrulnga, east of the Kiwirrkura Community (Mt. Webb) in Western Australia. The concentric cirlces represent rockholes and the arcs represent the higher rocky outcrops near the site. The U shapes represent women camped at the site.

Ningura depicts the mythological events of her ancestors. Her artworks focus on the travels of her female ancestors, the sacred sites that they passed, and the mythological significance of the bush tucker that they collected. In mythological times, one old woman, Kutunga Napanangka, passed through this site during her travels towards the east. She passed through numerous sites along the way before arriving at the permanent water site of Muruntji, south west of Mt. Leibig. These travels and rituals help to explain the current customs and the ceremonial lives of these Pintupi women.

Ningura Napurrula is represented in:

  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Queensland National Art Gallery
  • Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory
  • Art Gallery of South Australia


Ningura's work also features in many other important collections around the world including Europe’s most important public museum - The Musée Du Quai Branly in Paris. (Not only as part of the permanent collection but her work is also applied to the ceiling of the Museum)