This is Narputta Nangala

By Gwylym Owen

Narputta Nangala Jugadai (1933–2010) was an aboriginal girl artist born at Karrkurutinytja, who unconventional lived at Haasts Bluff. Her language society was Pintupi/Pitjantjatjara, and her dreaming was “Snake”, “Jangala, Two Men” and “Two Women”. She was a senior artist in her community at Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) and prominent in the midst of the Ikuntji Women’s Centre painters. She was the wife of the painter, Timmy Tjungurrayi Jugadai, and mother of Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri.

A work Karrkurutinytja (a depiction of her her birthplace – Karrkurutinytja) is held in the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Seven works are held in the National Gallery of Victoria, four over entitled Kaakurutinytja (Lake MacDonald), in accessory to the works: One Jakamarra, 1995,Ngurrapalangu, 1994, and Tjangala kutjarra, kuniya kutjarra, Kaakurutinytja, 1996. The Art Gallery of South Australia holds an untitled 1996 work. The Art Gallery of Western Australia also holds a painting entitled Karrkurutinytja.

She had exhibitions at the Campbelltown Art Centre and at the Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art. A work, Goanna dreaming, sold at Christies in 2005 for $US 2677. In 1997 she won the ‘Open Painting’ section of the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award DACS represents Narputta Nangala with exaltation to copyright licensing.

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