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Rachel Jurra Napaltjarri

Taught to paint by her cousin Eunice Napangardi, Rachel Napaltjarri commenced painting in 1985…

DOB: c 1961

Place of Birth: Yuendumu, NT

Language: Warlpiri


Rachel Jurra Napaltjarri (sometimes spelt as Rachel Napaljarri Jurrah) was born near Jila Well in the Western Desert in Central Australia. She is a Warlpiri artist who commenced painting in 1985. Her cousin, Eunice Napangardi (deceased) who was a highly respected artist, taught her to paint her Dreamings. She attended painting classes at the Institute of Aboriginal Development in Alice Springs. Her Jukurrpa (Dreaming totems) are the Green Parrot, Yarla and Kangaroo, and Karntakalungu (women’s dreaming).

Rachel was married to the late Isaac Yama. She lived at Yuendumu and sometimes at Hidden Valley, which is a town camp on the edge of Alice Springs. Here she would work with other painters like Rosie Fleming Nangala and Polly Napangardi Watson. Rachel was a lively person, who often sharing her love of going outback for bush tucker in the company of Dorothy Napangardi. They were close friends, their personalities complemented each other, with Rachel the lively and loud one, whilst Dorothy was the more quiet and reserve personality.

Living in Alice springs Rachel painted for Jukurrpa Artists Cooperative (the Jukurrpa Artists was a women’s art cooperative which closed on 4 June 2004 due to lack of funding).


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