Artist : Naata Nungarrayi

Artist Profile

Artist : Naata Nungarrayi
Born: c. 1932
Tribe: Kintore
Area: Central & Western Desert

Naata Nungarrayi was born in 1932 at the site of Kumil, which is west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. Naata is from the Pintupi Language group located in Kintore, and is one of the leading senior elders of the Kintore women artist movement, with works sought after by collectors worldwide.

Naata nungarrayi came into Papunya with her family on one of Jeremy Long’s government patrols. In 1999 Naata contributed to Kintore women’s painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal.


Naata is the sister of George Tjungurrayi and Nancy Nungarrayi, and her son is Kenny Williams Tjampitjinpa, all extremely well known artists. It was in 1994 that saw the emergence of the Pintupi ‘painting women’ in a ‘women’s painting camp’ behind the women’s mountain at Kintore. This involved senior women from the Kintore region and their kinswomen from the Ikuntji Women’s Centre at Haast Bluff.


Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical people who travelled over vast stretches of country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari women usually followed the Tingari men and were accompanied by novices.


It is the Tingari men and women’s travels and adventures that are enshrined in a number of song cycles. It is only through initiation ceremony that Naata has permission to paint the stories that she does.
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