Artist Profile

Marlene Young Nungurrayi
Born :1970
Location :Papunya, Northern Territory
Language :Luritja/pintubi


Marlene Young Nungurrayi


Marlene Young Nungurrayi was born in 1970 in Papunya, Northern Territory. She is married to Pastor, Adrian Tjupurrula Young. They have two children, Deborah Young and Lydia Young.

Marlene learnt the dreamings of her father’s and mother’s country at a very young age. Her mother’s country extends from Lake McKay, Northern territory near Western Australia northwest to Lake Anec. Within this stretch of land there are three important dreaming sites. These sites, in north westerly direction are called, Karku, Pilintji and Karilwara. All of these sites are sacred land and nothing more can be said about them. Marlene’s father, Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri was the traditional owner of the country extending from Lake Sprenger and Lake Gruszka west to Everard Junction in Western Australia. He was a traditional artist and taught Marlene to lead a traditional lifestyle since an early age. Dr George Takata Tjapaltjarri, her adapted father, is a famous artist who has had a direct influence on Marlene’s painting style. They are also related to Fred Ward Tjungurrayi and Turkey Tolson.

Marlene Young Nungurrayi paints the Women's dreaming stories. These dreaming stories have been handed down from generation to generation for many thousands of years. She must now keep the stories alive and pass them on to her children so that future generations may preserve them.

Marlene has lived in Papunya and Tjukula for many years raising her family and is now a very successful artist painting her dreaming stories for public exhibition. She is a respected member of her people and follows a traditional lifestyle. Marlene Young Nungurrayi paints with passion and enthusiasm, reflecting her personality, acclaiming the spirit of her family, her country and her people.


You are welcome to visit the art gallery to view Marlene Young Nungurrayi and other aboriginal artists artwork on canvas, pottery, coolamon, boomerang and didgeridoo at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street. Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

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