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Louise Numina Napananka


Women's Body Designs | 64h x 142w | RK411

Not framed or stretched | Acrylic on canvas

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, 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.

“This is Awelye body line ceremony painting – it is the woman's art painted on the body, with the melon and rock-holes in the desert – the women they paint each other up for dance and ceremony.”  

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