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Nabulla Napurrula Scobie

Sandhills - 2003

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
120.0 x 120.0 cm
Price Realised: $1,830.00

MP #447


Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrngu, NT Cat Nu. 77-9134
Neil Murphy Indigenous Art, NSW Cat No. NJM03/0136
Tjala Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Neil Murphy certificate of authenticity

Born near Haasts Bluff, Nabula Scobie and her family were trucked in to the Papunya settlement during the early 1960s before she became a teenager.


While some Aboriginal families came in willingly due to the promise of free food and white mans goods, Narpula’s were forcefully transported to Papunya together with 400 other Aborigines as part of the official assimilation policy. She stayed there until the beginning of the 1980s. Both her older brother Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and her husband Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka were artists and she assisted Scobie for many years in painting the background details to his works before working independently in the 1980s. In those early years she was the only female artist working at Papunya. She painted infrequently for the next 20 years and took up painting again for a short period after 2000.

This work, created in 2003, depicts the travels of Two Women who came up from Mitukutjarrayi in the south stopping at the mountain outside Kintore before travelling north-west.