Debra McDonald Face Mask
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Artist Info -
Debra McDonald Nangala is a Pintupi artist who has been practicing since 1999. She has become a highly respected, and strongly collected artist both locally and internationally.
Debra hails from a long line of established indigenous painters. She is the granddaughter of the late Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi (born 1920-1987), a Pintupi man from Lake MacDonald in the Gibson Desert. Though he moved to Papunya 1948 and remained there until his death, he shared many of his stories about his homeland in the Gibson Desert with the young Debra – many of which she would come to refer to in her works. Her mother Martha MacDonald and uncle, Clifford Possum, were also artists, and their respective practices are well-known throughout Australia.
It was to be Debra’s mother-in-law however, that would inspire her to take up painting and become a formative inspiration for her works. This was the great female artist Mitjili Napurrula, whose signature style incorporated the Dreaming story of the Watiya Tjuta – sacred trees that provide the wood for spear shafts, and whose blossom flowers are a vital source of sustenance for the Uwalki people. Today, Debra is the new custodian of the Uwalki Watiya Tjuta, a motif that features regularly in her works in an array of colours ranging from traditional blacks, red and oranges, to blues, pinks and purples. In Mitjili’s practice, the shape of a single tree and its leaves typically emerged from a white background. However, Debra has experimented with more background colours and innovated the style, often painting multiple, interconnecting trees on the one canvas.