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Eunice Napanangka

Hairstring - 2004

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 153.0 cm
Price Realised: $2,440.00

MP #446


Ikunji Art Centre, Haasts Bluff, NT Cat No. IK04EJ94
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. Like so many other Aboriginal families at the time, shortages of food forced her family east towards the ration stations being set up in central Australia.


Eunice started painting with the opening of the Ikuntji Women’s Centre in August of 1992. 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. Amongst this landscape Eunice’s personal stories are told. Her father was Tutuma Tjapangarti, one of the first men to paint for Papunya Tula.

A brilliant colourist, Eunice’s Hairstring paintings are made up of thousands of varied colour strokes, representing the hair being rolled on women’s thighs to make bags and clothing.