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Narpula Scobie Naparrula

Women's Ceremony - 1998

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
91.5 x 60.0 cm
Price Realised: $780.00

MP #730


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 7487
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings and a photo of the artist with the artwork

Narpula Scobie Napurrula was born near Haasts Bluff in 1950, and grew up there before later moving into Papunya and then later to Kintore in the 1980s. Narpula was sister to the great Pintupi painter artist Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula.


After marrying Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka she assisted him by painting backgrounds to his paintings and began to paint in her own right at Papunya in 1982. During this time, and until the mid 1990s, when Pintupi women began painting in great numbers following workshops held at a women's site near Haasts Bluff, Narpula Scobie Napurrula was the only female Pintupi artist working in any of the communities of Papunya, Kintore and Kiwirrkurra.

This particular painting relates to the ancestral women who travelled from the south at Mitukatjirra travelling to Ngutjul then on to locations to the north-west.