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Naata Nungurrayi

Ceremony at Marapinti - 2002

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
93.0 x 154.0 cm
Price Realised: $10,000.00

MP #315


Provenance

Ngintaka Arts, NT
Flinders Lane Gallery, Vic Cat No. FG022022.NN
Private Collection, NSW
Lawson~Menzies, Australian Aboriginal Art, Sydney, 14/11/2007, Lot No. 17
Private Collection, Qld

 

Sold with original gallery documentation and a folio of 11 photographs of the artist creating the work.

Naata Nungurrayi was about 30 years of age when she encountered the welfare patrol in 1963 and was brought with her family to Papunya the flowing year. Forced to leave behind her beloved desert homelands, the memory of these places and the life she led there  provided the  inspiration and the subject matter for her highly sought after paintings. She began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1996.

 

Naata’s paintings combine the carefully composed geometric style that developed at Papunya amongst the Pintupi painting men, with the looser technique and more painterly organic style introduced by the women after the paintings camps of the early and mid 1990s.

 

This work depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, to the west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. The lines are sandhills surrounding the area and the roundels represent rockholes. A large group of senior women camped at this rockhole. They are depicted in this painting as U shapes sitting in groups while camped. The myth relating to these women tells of how they first made the nose-bones which are traditionally worn through a hole in the nose web. These nose-bones were originally worn by both men and women but are now only worn by the older generation on ceremonial occasions.