Doris Bush Nungarrayi



DOB: 1942
Born: Haasts Bluff

Skin Nungarrayi
Community Papunya Tjupi, NT

About Artist:
Doris was born c1942 at Haastís Bluff. Her father, who was a Warlpiri man, came in to the ration depot from his country west of Nyrripi. Dorisís bush name is Darinji.

She grew up at Haastís Bluff and married George Bush Tjangala, a Luritja/Anmatyerre speaking man whose family came from west of Alice Springs. They had three sons and Doris now has six grandchildren.

After her husbandís death in 1997, Doris spent increasing amounts of time in Papunya, where she began to paint. After Papunya Tjupi Arts was established in 2007, Doris quickly became a leading figure in the artists' community.

Doris paints "Papa Tjukurrpa", Wild Dog Dreaming of which she is the Custodian. Her ancestral dog dreaming site is Nyunmanu, located south-east of Kintore. It is said that if you sleep in this place, you will dream of the ancestral dogs.

She also paints the love story relating to how she met her husband. Nungurrayi is the only artist at the community who paints a non-traditional story. The circles in these paintings often represent waterholes, and the roundels extending from them are the designs women paint on their breasts.

Doris has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and internationally; she was included in the 2009 and 2011 Desert Mob exhibitions at the Araluen Arts Centre and she enjoyed her first solo show in Sydney in 2012.

This is an excerpt from an article which appeared in Collector Magazine:

"Doris Bush Nungurrayiís paintings are rhythmic webs of distinctive smooth, curved lines, recalling the marks of womenís ceremonial body painting. Itís a different look to the layered, variegated character of most Papunya menís painting which usually has a stronger connection to ground designs."

"Her experiences are only one generation away from the pre-contact life. She grew up at Haasts Bluff where she married George Bush Tjangala, one of the Papunya Tula Artistsís original shareholders. They lived for a while on an outstation further west toward the Western Australian and Northern Territory border, then moved between Papunya and Alice Springs, where Tjangala sold his paintings. After his death in 1997 Nungurrayi spent increasing amounts of time at Papunya. She began painting after Papunya Tjupi Arts was established in 2007."

"For the first two and a half years she only painted about Nyunmanu, a dingo dreaming site to the south east of Kintore. More recently Nungurrayi has established special significance for her work by painting about Tjurrpinyi, her name for the entirely personal, autobiographical story of how she met her husband when they were swimming together near Haasts Bluff."