Tiffany Nakamarra Ross

Tiffany Nakamarra Ross



Tiffany Nakamarra Ross was born in 1986 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 is the daughter of Francis Jupururrla Kelly who in 1988 was selected by The Power Gallery, Sydney University to travel to Paris with five other Warlpiri men from Yuendumu to create a ground painting installation at the exhibition ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ at the Centre Georges Pompidou. She is also the granddaughter of Tess Napaljarri and Jack Jakamarra Ross, major Warlpiri artists from Yuendumu. Tiffany grew up with the Ross family in Yuendumu, travelling to and fro between Alice Springs and Yuendumu. She went to school in Alice Springs and later in Yuendumu. She is now married and has two daughters.

Tiffany began painting with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, in 2003. She has painted on and off until 2015, when she began to paint seriously. She paints her mother’s Yarla Jukurrpa (Bush Potato Dreaming) and her grandfather’s Ngalyipi Jukurrpa (Snake Vine Dreaming). “I like painting my bush potato, like different colours and different patterns.”  She likes working with colour and uses an unrestricted palette to develop a modern interpretation of her traditional culture.

When she is not painting, “I like to go hunting . . .  when I can get a car.” She also likes to “watch telly—all together”.