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Shirley Purdie

Born: 1947, Gilbun – Mabel Downs Station, WA
Works: Warmun, WA

More information on Shirley Purdie

Selected images

Dayiwool Ngarranggarni (Arygle dreaming), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Dayiwool Ngarranggarni (Arygle dreaming), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Moonga Moonga (women’s corroboree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Moonga Moonga (women’s corroboree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Gelbayen (Mabel Downs), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Gelbayen (Mabel Downs), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Ngalingalim berrem (Women’s one’s), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Ngalingalim berrem (Women’s one’s), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Jilloorlban Spring, Mabel Downs, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Jilloorlban Spring, Mabel Downs, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Yarralalil (bush woman), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Yarralalil (bush woman), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Poison Tree for Fish, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Poison Tree for Fish, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Gelbayn Hill (Mabel Downs), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Gelbayn Hill (Mabel Downs), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
When I was a little Girl with all my mates, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
When I was a little Girl with all my mates, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Darriyaril (rainbow), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Darriyaril (rainbow), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Moolloonggoogallem (wishing for fat one from the moon), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Moolloonggoogallem (wishing for fat one from the moon), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Skin group from my father’s mother’s side, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Skin group from my father’s mother’s side, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Teaching me when I was growing up, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Teaching me when I was growing up, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Gooral Gooral (stormbird and Willy wagtail), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Gooral Gooral (stormbird and Willy wagtail), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Skin group from my mother’s side, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Skin group from my mother’s side, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Goonjal (bush yam tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Goonjal (bush yam tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Me, Mary and Eileen, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Me, Mary and Eileen, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nangari (crow), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nangari (crow), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nambin (black headed python), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nambin (black headed python), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nyajarri (bush turkey), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nyajarri (bush turkey), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nangala (the brolga), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nangala (the brolga), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Baggabal (echidna), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Baggabal (echidna), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Ngarre (sugarbag), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Ngarre (sugarbag), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Goollabal (Rainbow Serpent), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Goollabal (Rainbow Serpent), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Winbul (pandanus tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Winbul (pandanus tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Two cheeky girls, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Two cheeky girls, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Jugurrul (bush orange tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Jugurrul (bush orange tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Barregll (nutwood tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Barregll (nutwood tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nyawurru (emu), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nyawurru (emu), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nangala (the turtle), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Nangala (the turtle), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
This one, when I was growing up with my grandmother, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
This one, when I was growing up with my grandmother, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Mabel Downs Station, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Mabel Downs Station, 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Marlowal Dreaming (Female rock wallaby Dreaming)), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Marlowal Dreaming (Female rock wallaby Dreaming)), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Marlowal Nagarra (rock wallaby skin), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Marlowal Nagarra (rock wallaby skin), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
(the moon climbs up the Leichardt tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
(the moon climbs up the Leichardt tree), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Thilin-Thilin Gooragall Nyajaringil Garnkiny-nu (white gum tree, mother for the moon), 2018 by Shirley Purdie
Thilin-Thilin Gooragall Nyajaringil Garnkiny-nu (white gum tree, mother for the moon), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Related information

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie

Storied portrait

About Face article

27 May 2020

Emily Casey takes in Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe.

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020
© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie

Current exhibition

from Saturday 6 June

Using ochres collected on her country in Western Australia’s East Kimberley, Shirley Purdie’s self-portrait is a kaleidoscope of traditional Gija stories and Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) passed down to her.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.