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Inyuwa Nampitjin

Pulkanya - 1997

synthetic polymer on Belgian linen
91.0 x 61.0 cm
Price Realised: $3,172.00

MP #420


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No IN970583
Tjala Aboriginal Arts, Sydney, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW

Inyuwa's works helped establish the signature style of senior women's painting at Kintore. 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. Their dense, tactile surfaces, applied with a roughness and sheer volume of paint were unlike those of any previous practitioners in the desert style. 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.


This work depicting Pukunya, was created in 1997. It retains 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.