Warnayaka Arts, Lajamanu NT
Cooee Gallery, Sydney NSW
Ladies always used Coolamons for carrying everything. They were made
from soft or hard wood. Still today mothers use them to carry their young
Nungarrayi is an avid artist and lover of her culture. She is driven to record and preserve knowing she is fighting against the power of time and the new impeding culture. Nungarrayi loves colour and expression. In her later years her style has changed slightly showing more freedom and use of colour, while years of experience with brushes show skilled execution and technique. Nungarrayi now produces some truly stunning work with heavy bold confident brush work while manipulating a broad range of colour. This artist’s depth of character and life experience is reflected in her work. She was also known as Maggie Jurrah/Hargraves. Now she prefers to be known as Jurrah. Nungarrayi is one of
the old desert walkers born in the Tanami Desert in her country near Jilla or Chilla Well. Nungarrayi’s art is held in a number of major collections, and she has been widely exhibited both in Australia and overseas, including France and
the USA. In 2009 and 2014 Nungarrayi was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.