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Louise Numina Napananka / Bush Melon Dreaming (3A)

108cm x 92cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: A12379

$630.00

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Louise Numina was born in 1976 and is an Anmatyerre artist from Ti Tree, 190km North of Alice Springs in Central Australia. She grew up on Stirling Station, a cattle station south of Tennant Creek along with her six sisters and three brothers, where she attended primary school and later moved to Alice Springs to attend Yirara College.

After she completed her school studies Louise moved back to Stirling station and worked with the Community Development Program. Her aunties, very famous artists, Gloria and Kathleen Petyerre taught Louise to paint in 1981 and she sold her art through galleries in Alice Springs and across the Northern Territory up to Darwin, where she eventually moved in 1995.

Louise studied art at Nungalinya College and has a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Northern Territory University. Her art has been exhibited throughout Australia and is popular with art dealers and collectors worldwide.

Louise lives in Darwin with her sisters, Jacinta, Lanita, Caroline and Sharon Numina, who are also well respected artists.

 

Bush Melon Dreaming comprises small circles of colour strewn across the canvas. This Dreaming tells the story of the sweet bush tucker that comes from a very small bush and is only found in Atnwengerrp (Utopia, NT). Once very abundant and fruiting in the summer it is now very hard to find. The women used to collect this fruit and scrape out the small black seeds. They would then eat the fruit immediately or cut it into pieces and skewer them onto a piece of wood and dry them to be eaten in the coming months when bush tucker was scarce.

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