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Eunice Napanangka

Kuruldu - 2004

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
92.0 x 122.0 cm
Price Realised: $1,830.00

MP #424


Ikuntji Art Centre, Haasts Bluff, NT Cat Nu. IK04EJ125
Tjala Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Ikuntji Art Centre certificate of authenticity and exhibition catalogue


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


Illustrated in full colour in exhibition catalogue Eunice Napanangka - Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2004

Eunice was born in 1940 at Lupul in the Sir Frederick Ranges. Like so many other Aboriginal families at that time, shortages of food forced Eunice's family east towards the ration stations being set up in central Australia.


Now a senior elder, Eunice is well known for her hunting skills, dancing and knowledge of traditional law. She began painting with the opening of the Ikuntji Women’s Centre in 1992. Prior to that, during the 1970s, she assisted her husband Gideon Tjupurrula Jack who was painting at Papunya Tula.

A brilliant colourist, her paintings are interpretations of her country near Lake Mackay. She uses layers of colour to build up a vision of the bush flowers and grasses. Eunice’s Hairstring works are made up of thousands of varied coloured strokes, representing the hair being rolled on women’s thighs to make bags and clothing.