Esther Bruno Nangala is a Luritja/Pintupi woman and the granddaughter of Naata Nungurrayi, a legend of the desert art movement. Esther was born in Alice Springs in 1981 and brought up in Christmas Creek, near Fitzroy Crossing, and later in Kintore.
Esther was schooled at Yirara College in Alice Springs where she was taught art and schooled in both Pintupi and English. After returning to Kintore in 1999, Esther started to paint, receiving the benefit of a long apprenticeship under Naata and her skin sister, Nancy Ross Nungurrayi. At the same time, Esther was involved in important cultural initiatives such as the translation of some Pintupi song into English.
sther started to paint in her own right in 2009. Since that time, she has made stunning leaps forward in the development of her own style and methodology for relating the stories around the important woman’s site of Marrapinti.
This painting depicts both the rockhole site at Marrapinti and women’s business associated with women’s concerns and Women’s Law. Esther Bruno Nangala paints traditional designs that represent sacred women’s sites and ceremonies in the Kintore area, as well as the designs that the women paint on their bodies when performing these ceremonies.