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Eunice Napanangka

Hair String - 2004

synthetic polymer on Belgian linen
92.0 x 122.0 cm
Price Realised: $2,196.00

MP #130


Ikuntji Art Centre, Haasts Bluff, NT Cat No. IK04EJ132
Boutwell Draper Gallery, NSW
Tjala Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW
Private Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Ikuntji Art Centre certificate of authenticity


November 2004 Eunice Napanangka - Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Eunice was born in 1940 at Lupul in the Sir Frederick Ranges in Western Australia. Her mother carried her piggy-back from Winparrku on the Walpiri side of Lake Mackay all the way to the ration station at Haasts Bluff in central Australia when she was a young child.


Her father was Tutuma Tjapangarti, one of the first men to paint for Papunya Tula and, during the 1970s, she assisted her husband Gideon Tjupurrula Jack who also painted at Papunya Tula. She began painting in her own right when the Ikuntji Women’s Centre opened at Haasts Bluff in August 1992. Her paintings are interpretations of her own country near Lake Mackay and that of her husband including Tjukurla, Tjila, Kurulto and Lupul.

A brilliant colourist, Eunice is renowned for using layers of colour to build up a vision of bush wildflowers and grasses as well as Hairstring, Tali (sandhill) and Mungada (apple). In this Hairstring work hundreds of varied colour strokes, represent the hair being rolled on women’s thighs to make bags and clothing.

Now an elder in her late 70s, Eunice is a renowned a hunter, dancer and senior custodian of traditional law.