Cindy Gibson Nakamarra


Cindy Gibson Nakamarra was born in 1967 in Alice Springs and grew up in Yuendumu. Her mother was Mitjili Gibson Nakanangka (now deceased). Her uncle, Pinta Pint Tjapanangka (also deceased), was one of the founding artists with the Papunya Tula Artist as were many other family members. Cindy’s farther Jiti Jiti tjapurrula (Mickey) was one of the senior traditional owners of land where the community of Kiwikurra is established today.

In 1987 Cindy moved to live at Kintore and all the surrounding outstations were where most of the famous Papunya Tula Artist resided. Utalla jungala, Turkey Tolson, Mick Namarrair and Ronnie Tjampitjinpa. Cindy began painting at Morgan outstation in Western Australia. In 1997 she moved into Alice Springs because of her children’s education. During the first years of being in Alice Springs she would returned back out bush when painting with her mother. Cindy also worked with her father on many wild life documentaries.

When Mitjili started to paint seriously with the gallery Gondwana studios, Cindy no longer painted but assisted her mother in many other ways so Mitjili could focus on her art. Cindy resumed painting earlier this year 2011 several months after her mother passed away and was buried at Nyirripi. Cindy is extremely proud to be painting several designs and the techniques that her mother developed. Her traditional country is centered around a place called Winparky (Mt Webb) just near Kiwikurra not far from the south western border of Lake Mackay (Wilkinkarra)


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