Alison Napurrula Multa

Alison Napurrula Multa

Language:Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Luritja, PintupiDate of birth:1965-11-15Community:Haasts BluffArtwork themes:Nightsky Dreaming, Pira (Moon) Dreaming, Waru (Bushfire) Dreaming

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Alison was born in Alice Springs in Central Australia and moved with her mother back to her country near Haasts Bluff. As a dynamic and intelligent person she keeps busy as vice-president of the Ikuntji Community Council, teaches at the Haasts Bluff community school, sits on the regional health board, and paints during most evenings with her daughter Serianne Butcher. Alison is married to Gordon Butcher who was a founding member of the Warumpi Band which burst onto the Australian rock scene in the early 1980’s and soon gained national and international recognition, touring with the likes of Midnight Oil. Alison’s home country is 200km west of Haasts Bluff in and around the Cleland Hills, sand hill country beyond the West MacDonnell Ranges, with a permanent dwelling at Brown’s Bore enabling her to return and visit the places sacred to her family and renew her connections with the land. As an up and coming artist she likes to experiment with styles and textures, and does not limit herself to the telling of personal stories, but likes to take in the broader sweep of desert life and aboriginal connection to this landscape and its changing moods, its harshness and its beauty. Alison is friendly and good fun, has an excellent knowledge of traditional aboriginal law and custom, but is a thoroughly modern women who represents the new generation of indigenous peoples and artists of central Australia – Oh, and she is an excellent softball player. In Alison’s own words…… My grandfather’s Tjukurrpa is the Moon story. The moon story travels from south of Brown’s Bore right through to Santa Teresa, passing through Glen Helen. Today I paint in the art centre, but not just tjukurrpa. You can’t just paint anything. Because if you paint anyone’s dreaming, or anyone’s story, you’ll get in trouble, that’s too dangerous. You got to do your own painting, your own story. You got to be careful. You got to do grandmother’s, grandfather’s, not just anyone’s. That’s why I like to do not just tjukurrpa paintings. I am painting fire stories now, because for Anangu people fire is the reason for everything, fire is very important in our culture and our lives.


  • Mission Australia
  • Active Youth, Japan
  • Bailleau Myer Collection, De Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
  • Musée la Grange in Motiers, Switzerland

Current Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

  • 'Story Necklace' exhibition, South Australian Museum 2020-12-17
  • Desert Mob Market Place 2019 2019-09-07
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2019 2019-08-09
  • TARNANTHI Art Fair 2018 2018-10-16
  • Desert Mob Market Place 2018 2018-09-06
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2018 2018-08-09
  • Central Australian Aboriginal Textiles, Alice Springs NT 2018-06-29
  • From Country to Couture Indigenous Fashion Parade, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin NT 2017-08-08
  • Blak Markets at Barrangaroo, Sydney NSW 2017-07-01
  • One Country - Many Stories, Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane 2017-06-19
  • Spring/Summer Fashion Parade, Alice Springs NT 2016-11-10
  • Desert Mob, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs NT 2016-09-07
  • 10th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin NT 2016-08-04
  • The 20th Alice Springs Beanie Festival - Spirit of the Land, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT 2016-06-22
  • Autumn Salon / Easter The Indigenous Jewellery Project, Shoreham VIC 2016-03-25
  • Kaléidoscope millénaire avec les artistes dIkuntji, Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium 2015-11-18
  • Tarnanthi Festival Art Fair, Tandanya Institute, Adelaide, SA 2015-10-08
  • Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2015-09-02
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2015, Darwin Convention Centre, NT 2015-08-06
  • Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2015 - Opposites Attract, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2015-06-18
  • Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2014-09-03
  • 21 Years Ikuntji Artists Festival, Ikuntji Artists, Haasts Bluff, NT 2014-06-06
  • Korea: International Artist Exchange Programs, Incheon, South Korea 2013-06-11
  • Ikuntji Icons, ArtMob, Hobart, TAS 2009-01-08
  • Ikuntji Now, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD 2008-09-16
  • Australian High Commission, Singapore, RED CENTRE: RED DOT Celebrating Indigenous Australia - NAIDOC Week 2008-06-30
  • Studio Exhibition, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2007-12-31
  • Ikuntji Painters, Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane, QLD 2007-12-31
  • North Meets South: Ikuntji and Tjala Arts Converge, ReDot Gallery, Singapore 2007-08-28
  • Desert Mob, Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 2005-08-31
  • Ikuntji Desert Belles, Redot Gallery, Singapore 2005-03-01