Ann Lane Nungurrayi

Artist Ann Lane Nungurrayi
Title Pirrnpirrnga – Desert Bore
Year 2022

Acrylic on Belgian linen

Dimensions 91 × 122 cm
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Ann Lane Nungurrayi

Ann Lane Nungurrayi was born in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) and grew up in Papunya where she attended school. Her mother is Jocelyn Nampitjinpa, a Warlpiri woman and her father was Benny Tjapaltjarri from Warakurna, Western Australia. Ann remembers when her father would walk with camels to Ntaria (Hermannsburg) with rations for people. In 1992 a film was made about her father and other Pintupi men, including Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, called Benny and the Dreamers. Ann recalls painting at the old Ikuntji Art Centre with the founding artists, and that they used to make a fire inside the art centre and sometimes sleep there overnight. Ann painted for Papunya Tula artists for some time but has been painting with Ikuntji Artists since 2001. She predominantly paints the Tjukurrpa from her father’s country, Pirrnpirrnga, depicting the surrounding tali (sand hills).

Artist statement

This painting depicts the Pirrnpirrnga – or ‘pin pin’ – Desert Bore outstation near Walungurru (Kintore). This is Ann Lane Nungurrayi’s father’s Tjukurrpa and country. Pirrnpirrnga has mountains, rocks and a big rock hole, where there is always water. In the Tjukurrpa the snakes are travelling around the sand hill country, looking for water. Ann Lane remembers visiting this country and seeing her aunty singing by those rockholes.