Narrabri Nakamarra was born in Haasts Bluff in 1949. She is the daughter of the famous artist Makinti Napanangka. Narrabri started painting when assisting Makinti with her artworks prior to Makinti's successful eye operation. Narrabri commenced painting in her own right in 1999, painting a diverse range of dreamings, often in significantly different styles. Often it was possible to observe in her artworks the influence of the artists Narrabri had observed.Narrabri lived at Kintore with her husband Hilary Tjapaltjarri and family, though she also spent significant amounts of time in Alice Springs during the 2000s painting for Private collectors. Narrabri tragically passed away in 2010 whilst taking part in sorry business for Ronnie Tjampitjinpa's son.
About the artwork:
In this painting, Narrabri paints the Song Lines. Songlines are one of the many aspects of Aboriginal culture that artists draw on for inspiration. They are the long Creation story lines that cross the country and put all geographical and sacred sites into place in Aboriginal culture. Narrabri paints the songlines with the hope of handing down the knowledge and lore of her past generations and ancestors.