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Napurrula Scobie

Narpula Napurrula Scobie (also known as Nabula Scobie) was born 1950, near Haasts Bluff and grew up in Papunya. She grew up in the Pintupi coutry living a traditional life with her family, hunting and living off the land as the Aboriginal people did for thousands of years before her. In 1959 a settlement was established by the federal government to facilitate the assimilation of the Aboriginal Desert people. This settlement is near the Mac Donnell Ranges, approximately 240km North West of Alice Springs beside two small hills, one of the hills is a sacred ceremonial site and is known as Papunya Tula, an important Honey Ant Dreaming site shared by all Aboriginal groups from the central Desert. Warlpiri, Pintupi, Luritja Arrente and Anmatyerre Desert people were trucked in to the settlement during the 1960’s.

Some Aboriginal families came willingly by promise of free food and white mans goods, other were brought in unwiling and forcefully rounded up and torn from their homelands by government patrols. Narpula’s were forcefully transported there together with 400 other Aboriginies as part of the official assimilation policy. Narpula Napurrula Scobie stayed there until the beginning of the 80’s. Both her older brother Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula her husband Johny Scobie Tjapanangka are artisits. She assisted her husband for many years in painting the background details to his paintings, but first began working independently in the 80’s. In those early years she was the only female artist working in the Pintupi area. She is also the step sister to Mitjili Napurrula.

Travelling Women - Napurrula Scobie

Travelling Women - Napurrula Scobie

Original Authentic Aboriginal Artwork
Acrylic on canvas
Artist Profile included. 
Size: 860mm x 820mm
Code: NS 842

$2 850.00
inc. GST in Australia


Collections: 1984 Alice Springs Art Award, Alice Springs; 1984 Papunya and Beyond, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs; 1985 Two Worlds Collide: Cultural Convergences in Aboriginal and White Australian Art, Artspace, Sydney, Australia; 1987, Art and Aboriginality, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; 1988 Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Australia; 1988 Recent Aboriginal Paintings. Incorporating the Maude Vizard-Wholohan Art Prize Purchase Awards, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; 1988 Wanderausstellung in China; 1990 Friendly Country-Friendly People, Araluen Centre for the Arts, Alice Springs, Australia 1991, The Painted Dream. Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand; 1994 Chapman Gallery, Canberra, Australia; 1996 Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Alice Springs; 1997 Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; 1997 Geschichtenbilder, Aboriginal Art Galerie Bahr, Speyer; 1999 Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia 2001 Aboriginal Art 2001, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Australia; 2001 Galerie Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Denmark; 2001 Musee des Beaux Arts et d’ Archeologie de Vienne.

Exhibitions: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Australian Museum, Sydney; Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide; Kelton Foundation, Los Angeles, USA; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Robert Holmes of Court-Sam lung, Perth; South Australian Muesum, Adelaide.

Awards: 2001, finalist in 18th Telstra NATSIAA

Source Includes: Aboriginal Artists, dictionary of biographies by Janusz B. Kreczmanski and Margo Birnberg (This illustrated dictionary of 446 pages showing many photographs of artists and paintings is available from Doongal).