Louise Numina Napanagka - Awelye - Women's Body Design - 140 x 115 cm
Artist: Louise Numina Napanagka
Title: Awelye -Women's Body Design
Size: 140 x 115 cm
Acrylic on Canvas
Stretched and ready to hang.
This is awelye body line ceremony painting – it is the woman art painted on the body with the melon and rock-holes in the desert – the women they paint each other up for dance and ceremony.
Louise is one of six sisters and three brothers. She went to Primary School at Stirling Station, a cattle station near Tennant Creek. Later she went to a Yirrara Collage in Alice Springs. When she returned to Stirling Station, she worked with the Community Development Program.
Louise started painting in 1981 after being taught by her celebrated Aunties - Gloria and Kathleen Petyarre. Louise moved to Darwin in 1995, where she completed a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Northern Territory University.
Louise’s works include Bush Medicine Leaves, Mountain Thorny Devil Dreaming and Woman’s Ceremony Body Design. Her totems are the Honey Ant and Emu.
Louise has achieved international recognition in the past three years. Her work has been increasingly selling throughout Australia, Europe, the USA, Asia and UK.
In 2017, Louise collaborated with fashion designer Pia Du Pradal to produce a clothing collection, which was launched at the 2017 Mercedes Benz Fashion Parade in Brisbane.