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

© Shirley Purdie/Copyright Agency, 2020

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Shirley Purdie
Previous exhibition, 2020

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.

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe
Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018

Shirley Purdie
Portrait, natural ochre and pigments on canvas (36 parts)

Purchased 2019

Shirley Purdie

Contributing artists

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

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Storied portrait

About Face article

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

Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard part one

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1976

Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard part two

In their own words
In their own words

Recorded 1976

Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith)
Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith)
Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith)

Mum Shirl (Mrs Shirley Smith), 1988

Juno Gemes
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Gift of the artist 2004. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

Shirley Hazzard
Shirley Hazzard
Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard, 1980 (printed 2011)

Lorrie Graham
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

A Police Magistrate [Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt]
A Police Magistrate [Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt]
A Police Magistrate [Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt]

A Police Magistrate [Evelyn Pitfield Shirley Sturt], 1874

Tom Durkin, The Weekly Times
Portrait, lithograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Presenting… Shirley Purdie’s Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe

Wednesday 27 May 2020
Archived media releases 2020

The National Portrait Gallery this week launches an online exhibition of Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe to coincide with Reconciliation Week.

Contributing artists

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Find out more from each of the artists reinterpreting and reimagining elements of Australian history.

Maria

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Australian portraiture
Current exhibition

Featuring 130 works across painting, film, photography, screen printing, sculpture, and then some – it explores our inner worlds, outer selves, intimacy, isolation, celebrity and more.

Thilin-Thilin Gooragall Nyajaringil Garnkiny-nu (white gum tree, mother for the moon), 2018 by Shirley Purdie

Storytelling

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The fourth row of paintings interweave Ngarranggarni, memories, relationships and Country.

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