We sadly say farewell to a senior arist from Central Australia who passed away last weekend.
A Pintubi woman from the Haasts Bluff region her works were characterised by bold colour and forms depicting her country and sacred dreaming stories.
Half sister to renowned indigenous artist Turkey Tjupurrula Tolson and was a custodian of the Kulata (Spear) Tjukurrpa story. She married Long Tom Tjapanangka at Papunya in the 1960's, and they lived at Aboriginal communities of Haasts Bluff and Mt Liebig.
Depicting the country around Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji) in the Kintore Ranges in Central Australia the iconography used in her paintings represents the women's side of the Tjukurrpa story, showing the trees that provide the wood for spear shafts and other objects.
Napurrula was a finalist in the 14th National and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and in 1999 she was awarded the 1999 Alice Springs Art Prize.