Nelli  Marks  Nakamarra


Born:           c.1976

People:        Pintubi - Luritja

Language:   Pintubi - Luritja

Area:           Kintore, 
                   Western Desert



Nelli is a quiet, shy and unassuming person by nature. She was born in 1976 and has learned the dreamings of her family ever since she was a small child. Nelli paints the dreaming of her fatherís and her grandfatherís country which lies to the east of Kintore in the Northern Territory. The specific place of this dreaming cannot be given, as it is sacred to the artist. The only dreaming she wishes to paint is the Turkey Dreaming.  

This dreaming has been handed down from generation to generation for many thousands of years. Nelli must now keep this dreaming and pass it on to future generations so that it may be preserved.

Nelli works around Kintore and has over a period of time gradually developed painting skills taught to her by Old Mick Namarrari, Uta Uta, Pinta Pinta and the great master her father Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. This advancement has been very important in that it has enabled her the confidence to enter into wider society so that she may now show the world her culture and her dreaming.

Nelli is a respected member of her people and follows a traditional lifestyle. She takes part in womenís ceremonies and womenís painting when she is in her country. Nelli is very confident and proud when speaking of her traditional ways. She paints with harmony and this is manifested by a seemingly effortless skill and an apparently natural sense of peace and charm; qualities which reflect her persona and acclaim the spirit of her people.