Pauline Woods Nakamarra

Pauline Woods was one of the leading figures of her time in the formation and development of Jukurrpa Artists (a women's collective). She was also the first female artist to win the National Aboriginal Art Award in 1988 and in 1993 she became the first Aboriginal woman artist to have her work represented on an Australian stamp.

DOB: 1949

Place of Birth: Vaughan Springs, NT

Significant Country: Mungkururrpa (Tanami Desert)

Languages: Pintupi, Warlpiri

Pauline Nakamarra Woods (some sources have the name spelt ‘Pauleen’) was born 1949 in Vaughan Springs, west of Yuendumu, and grew up in Yuendumu. She later moved to and lived in Alice Springs.

She is the sister of Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra. When she was in her early forties, and as a mother of three, Pauline Woods was one of the leading figures, being Vice President, in the formation and development of Jukurrpa as an Aboriginal-controlled concern (a women’s collective, Jukurrpa Artists).

She began painting in the early eighties and developed a fine and fluid style of painting. In February 1988 one of her works was included in an exhibition entitled The Australian Cultural Month at the Australian Embassy in Manila.

In 1988, Pauline Woods won first prize in the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA, now known as Telstra NATSIAA) for her painting Yarla Dreaming, becoming the the first female artist to win this prize. The work took her two months to complete.

In 1993 she was the first indigenous Australian to have her work used on an Australian postage stamp (the 45 cent stamp depicts her painting Wild Onion Dreaming.

Her painting Desert Dreaming is on the cover of the School Plan 2015-1017 for Harbord Public School in New South Wales.

Pauline Woods traditional country, Mungkururrpa, lies west of Papunya. Her Dreamings include Bush Banana, Bush Bean, Bush Potato, Seven Sisters, Spinifex, Janganpa (Possum) and Paku-Paku (Birdmen).

Her works are included in many public and private collections.


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