Born in Haasts Bluff c. 1950, Narrabri Nakamarra is a daughter of the well-known Papunya Tula painter Makinti Napanangka. A Pintupi woman, she grew up in Haasts Bluff before moving to the Papunya community with her family. Narrabri later relocated to the traditional Pintupi homelands community of Kintore, where she completed her first paintings for Papunya Tula Artists in 1999. She lives with her husband Hilary Tjapaltjarri, their two daughters and five grandchildren.
Since 2004, her work has been selected in the Redlands Westpac Art Prize, NSW, and Peter Bailie Art Award, SA, and her work is held in public and private collections including Artbank.
Narrabri Nakamarra’s art resonates with the rich colours – reds, oranges, yellows and whites – typical of Papunya art. Her paintings often depict designs associated with the rockhole site of Payarrnga, with the sandhills, rock formations and watercourses surrounding the area, and with the Lungkata or Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming connected with the area.
This exhibition at Indigenart is Narrabri's first solo exhibition.