Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa | Mrs Bennett paintings
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Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (aka Mrs Bennett) painted her mother's Dreamings, which were connected to sites at Yumarra, Wantjunga and Tjalilli rockholes around Docker River in Pitjantjatjara lands, in the western desert's Walter James Range. She was deeply concerned with women's culture, and her artworks often depicted women's ceremonies and rituals; the gathering of traditional bush tucker such as Kampurarrpa (desert raisin) and quandong and the rituals associated with their preparation in and around these remote Pangkupirri rock holes. This was her defining artistic landscape.
Gradually, Mrs. Bennett developed a free and unique style that differed from most painters of Kintore (who preferred a more precise ‘dot-painting’ method). She worked mostly with strong contrasts of colour, through the use of blacks, pale yellows and cream hues set against a reddish-brown background.
Her powerful and dynamic sense of movement and strong line work, led Mrs Bennett to be known as one of the most remarkable and powerful female artists of the western desert region.
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