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Rachael Nambula
Rachael Nambula
Rachael Nambula
Rachael Nambula

Creative Native Perth

Rachael Nambula


  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Size 89cm X 94cm

About the artist

Rachel was born in Ali Curung (formerly known as Warrabri) in 1967. Ali Curung is situated in the Northern Territory of Australia and is approximately 1100 km south of Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. Rachel is from the Kaiditji/Anmatjerre tribes of central Australia.

Her father was from the Kaiditji/Anmatjerre tribes and she can speak Kaiditji and Eastern Warlpiri and understands Anmatjerre. Rachel’s father’s Dreaming is the Rain Dreaming from the country called Walabunnba (north west of Alice Springs near Anningie Station).

Rachael comes from a long line of very famous artist's in her family, the most renowned of all being Emily Kngwarreye. Although it must be stated her biggest inspiration to paint came from her mother Evelyn Pultara, who in her own right is one of the leading Utopian artists.

Rachel has been experimenting with a variety of different colour styles and mediums. She has been progressive by experimenting with colours that are not traditionally been associated with traditional earth (ochre) colours. She has also been experimenting by using different mediums such as ceramics and wood. Rachel like other family and community members she fully participates in ceremonies and practicing Aboriginal customs and religion.

Through her father Rachel is able to paint the Rain Dreaming and the Seven Sisters. From her mother’s side of the family she can paint Bush Bean (Wakalpirri), Bush Tomato (Yakatjirri). Each dreaming is reproduced in different styles.

Rachel has paintings displayed with Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, Darwin, NT for over 24 years and her paintings have been displayed Nationally and Internationally.

About the artwork

The Bush Medicine Plant is an Australian native that grows wild in Central Australia. Women go to different places around Utopia to collect leaves from these plants. Back at the camp the leaves are boiled to extract resin. Kangaroo fat is mixed into the resin, creating a paste that can be stored for a long time in bush conditions. This medicine is used to heal cuts, wounds, bites, rashes and acts as an insect repellent. The leaves have been used as a traditional form of Indigenous healing for centuries and continue to be used in the present day by remote Indigenous communities all over Australia.