Daphne Napurrurla White was born in 1981 in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She has lived most of her life in Yuendumu, however, moved to Nyirripi, an Aboriginal community, that began as an outstation of Yuendumu, in 2010. Nyirripi is located a further 150 km south-west of Yuendumu. In late 2013 Daphne moved to Alice Springs, where she is now living.
Daphne has been painting on and off for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation; an Aboriginal owned and governed Art Centre, since 1997. She mainly paints her Father’s Jukurrpa, in particular Yurrampi Jukurrpa (Honey Ant Dreaming) and Warna Jukurrpa (Snake Dreaming).These dreamings relate directly to the land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. They were passed down to her father by his father and his father’s father before him for millennia. Daphne uses traditional designs and icons with an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.