Nellie Marks Nakamarra was born in 1976 in the Kintore region located within the Northern Territory. She is the younger sister of the renowned Central Australian artist Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra.
Growing up in the Western Desert, Nellie was taught to paint by various members of the Desert Art Movement and has been surrounded by some of the great names in Aboriginal art. Her stepfather Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, and other significant Aboriginal artists from that era including Old Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri and Uta Uta Tjangala.
Now, using the traditional knowledge that she has received and the stories associated with her Father’s country. Her images of both the country and the Tingari ceremonial components attached to that country are impressive, and her paintings are developing a style that distinguishes her work amongst the traditional paintings from her country.
Nellie’s subjects are primarily Pulli (Rockholes), My Country, Women’s stories and Women’s Tingari. She has established herself amongst Central Desert artists, and her works have been widely exhibited throughout Australia and worldwide.