Patricia Multa Napurrula

Artist Patricia Multa Napurrula
Title Ininti at Muruntji
Year 2021

Acrylic on Belgian linen

Dimensions 122 × 198 cm
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Patricia Multa Napurrula

Patricia Multa Napurrula was born in 1973 and grew up with her family at Kungkayunti (Browns Bore), an outstation 1.5 hours south-west of Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff). Patricia began painting in the late 1990s and has been painting for Ikuntji Artists since 2006. Her work primarily depicts the Ininti bush seeds at Muruntji, west of Kungkayunti.

Artist statement

This painting depicts the bush seeds that come from the Ininti (batwinged coral) tree. The tree is native to the Western Desert of Central Australia, growing in sand around creek beds. The ininti grow abundantly in Muruntji country, west of Kungkayunti (Browns Bore), the outstation where Patricia Multa Napurrula’s family is from and where she has spent much time collecting the seeds. Both Patricia, and her daughter Virgillia Multa paint the ininti at Muruntji, expressing the colours and movement of the tree and its seeds and flowers throughout the seasons. Patricia remembers collecting the seeds when she was a child and making them into necklaces. The seeds grow in varying colours from dark reds to light yellows. The flowers are equally vibrant, ranging from rich oranges into reds. Ininti are still collected today and made into jewellery at Ikuntji Artists.