Peggy Nakamarra White

Peggy Nakamarra White

Artworks

Biography

Peggy Nakamarra White was born in Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. She is the daughter of Long Maggie Nakamarra White, an artist who paints with Warlukurlangu Art Centre and one of the first people to work on the Yuendumu Night Patrol Program. Peggy went to the local school and later worked as a Teacher’s Assistant when she was 19 years old. When she married she moved to Alice Springs. She is now a widow and still lives in Alice Springs with her children. She has grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her granddaughter, Katrina White cares for her. Peggy started painting in Alice Springs. “I love doing paintings. My mother taught me to paint…when I visited my mum [in Yuendumu] we would paint together at the art centre.” Peggy has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2006. She visits Yuendumu and the art centre regularly and enjoys catching up with all her friends, especially renowned artist Tess Napaljarri Ross. They have been friends since school days and both worked together as Teacher Assistants. Peggy paints her father’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that live on it. These stories were passed down to her by her father and her father’s father for millennia.