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Nora Nocketta Nagarra / Top Springs Purnululu

90cm x 120cm Ochre on Canvas, 2008

SKU: 11994

$3,800.00

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(c. 1935 – 2015)

Nora was born on Turner River Station, south of Purnululu in the East Kimberley c.1935. Her full sister is Phyllis Thomas, also a senior artist at Turkey Creek (Warmun). Nora worked on Turner River Station as a youngster, carrying out the normal station duties of feeding and looking after the nanny goats, then domestic duties as she became older.

Nora was a specialist dot artist and her medium was bush ochre. The technique she used is unfortunately becoming more difficult to acquire, as the younger artists prefer the landscape painting. The content of her paintings consist of Turner Station (Kartang Rija) and Purnululu to Turkey Creek. Her knowledge of the land from her early days of walking through it with her family was extensive and her paintings reflect this.

Nora lived at Warmun Community until she passed away in 2015. Her paintings have been collected worldwide and her works are highly sort after as they reflect traditional dot art beautifully executed.

Selected Exhibitions

2007
– ‘Greetings From Turkey Creek’, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006
– ‘Little Ochres – Paintings from the East Kimberley, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle
– ‘Warmun Art Centre Presents’, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
– ‘Group Warmun Exhibition’, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2005
– ‘The Two Nora’s’, Art Mob, Tasmania (with Nora Wompi)
– ‘Group Warmun Exhibition’, Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA
– ‘Group Warmun Exhibition’, Span Galleries, Melbourne, VIC

1999
– ‘Ngurrara’, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
– ‘Bush Garden’ Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
– Hogarth Galleries, Paddington, Sydney, NSW
– Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

This is a really good place in the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu). Lots and lots of water around, and those underground springs running all the time. Best place in Purnululu for bush tucker, kangaroos, all of that. No roads into this place, just tracks. But we come here still a lot for fishing and all. Not as much as we used to though when we were young. And in the Wet time, well, can’t get near this place – all under water from the rain and the springs.

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