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Inyuwa Nampitjin

Pukunya - 1998

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
169.0 x 48.0 cm
Price Realised: $2,684.00

MP #415


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. IN981137
Tjala Aboriginal Art, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Papunya Tula certificate of authenticity

Though she lived for some time in Haast's Bluff and Papanya after coming in from the desert, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa and her family moved to Kintore, the Pintupi homelands community, soon after its establishment in 1981.


When she took up painting in 1994, her style owed much to the freewheeling, energetic approach of her husband, Tutuma Tjapangati one of the founders of Western Desert painting. As an elder of the community, she assumed a supervisory role regarding the portrayal of women's ceremonial subject matter, reminiscent of that taken by the senior men early in the history of the Papunya movement.

In 1997 Nampitjinpa had an operation to remove cataracts, which dramatically improved her eyesight, and she began painting regularly. Her works helped establish the signature style of senior women's painting at Kintore.

As seen in this work depicting Pukunya, which was created in 1998, her work retained only the most basic elements of traditional imagery, referencing rockholes, campsites and women's utensils simplified to the point of abstraction.

At the time of her death, the paintings in her first solo exhibition were still up on the walls at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne. Her legacy continued in the paintings of her daughters, Walangkura Napanangka and the late Pirrmangka Napanangka.