Artist Profile

Ningura Napurrula Gibbs
Born :1938-2013
Location :Watulka, Western Australia
Tribe :Pintupi
Language :Pintupi


Ningura Napurrula Gibbs


Ningura Napurrula Gibbs was born in 1938 at Watulka, Western Australia, south of Kiwirrkurra. She moved to Papunya in the early days of this settlement with her husband Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (deceased), a highly respected Pintupi elder held significant knowledge of his country’s Dreaming stories. In 1996 Ningura became a member of a group of elderly women from Kintore and Kiwirrkurra and began painting for Papunya Tula Artists group.

Ningura Napurrula’s designs are associated with Palturunya and Wirrulnga sites, east of the Kiwirrkurra Community (Mount Webb) in Western Australia. The concentric circles represent rock holes and the arcs represent the higher rocky outcrops near the site. The U shapes represent women camped at the site. Ningura depicts the mythological events of her ancestors.


Ningura participated in Papunya Tula artists exhibition in 1996 and later in 1999 her work was featured in several group shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin. She had her first solo exhibition with William Mora Aboriginal Art in 2000 and later participated in the impressive Kintore Women's Painting exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Ningura’s profile as a leading Australian Aboriginal artist was secured worldwide with her commission by President Jacques Chirac of France to paint the ceiling of Paris museum's building "Musée du quai Branly", for the future generations to see. Her work has also been exhibited in Aborigenal at the Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy (2001); Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Prague, Toskansky Place, Prague, Czech Republic (2003); Masterpieces from the Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2003).


Major Collections:

  • Musee du quai Branly, Paris
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington
  • The Palace of Japan, Tokyo
  • Kelton Foundation USA, Donald Kahn Collection USA
  • Gavin Graham Gallery, London
  • Aborigena the Palazzo Bricherasio Turin, Italy
  • Australian Contemporary Aboriginal Art Prague Toskansky Place Prague, and all major Australian galleries












You are welcome to visit the art gallery to view Ningura Napurrula Gibbs and other aboriginal artists artwork on Linen/Canvas, Coolamon, Didgeridoo, Boomerang and Pottery at: KARLANGU ABORIGINAL ART CENTRE, 47 York Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia

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