Natasha Nungarrayi Spencer was born in Alice Springs, in 1992. Her father is Andrew Japaljarri Spencer (Dec), a respected Aboriginal Community Police Officer and advocate for reconciliation between cultural law and aboriginal law, dealing with current issues and problems in Aboriginal communities. Originally from Yuendumu, a remote aboriginal community, 290 km north-west of Alice Springs, he with Christine Franks started up a successful petrol sniffing prevention program in Yuendumu. Natasha’s mother, Marlene Nampitjinpa Spencer Ross, a Pintupi artist, and currently chairwoman of the Purple House, resides in Kintore, NT. Natasha has three brothers and two sisters. When young, Natasha grew up in Nyirripi (a remote Aboriginal community 150 km south-west of Yuendumu) with her grandparents (now deceased). She first attended the local school before completing her studies at Yirara College in Alice Springs. After she finished her studies, she moved to Kintore for a short stay, working for the Health Clinic. She now lives in Nyirripi.
Natasha has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2021. She paints her Grandmother’s Ngalyarrpa manu Puluku Jukurrpa (Sandhill and Bullock Dreaming). “When I was young, my grandmother taught me our traditional dreaming. Usually she did it in the sand, while we looked and listened.” Natasha paints her traditional iconography and an unrestricted palette to depict her traditional jukurrpa, stories relating directly to her land, its features and plants and animals that inhabit it.
She is married to Leroy Jupurrurla Gibson, also an artist with Warlukurlangu Artists. When Natasha is not painting, she loves to go hunting with family and friends.