Nola Yurnangurnu Campbell Tatjarr, Patjarr, Goldfields-Esperance region, Australia, b. 1948



Nola Yurnagurnu Campbell was born out bush on the other side of Tatjarr, close to Patjarr in the late 1940s. She grew up travelling in her “Country” between Kiwirrkurra and Kunawarritji. She is related to Charlie Wallabi (Walapayi) Tjungurrayi and Nangkatji Josephine Nangala, whom she called father and mother, and Kumpaya Girgaba, her aunt. Campbell lost her parents when she was young and was brought up by Norma Giles’ (nee Carnegie) mother and father, Mankatji Carnegie and Mr Carnegie. Campbell was taken to Warburton as a young woman and there she married her first husband, Mr Butler. She moved to Wiluna and later Patjarr, where she married artist Coiley Campbell. She has been the subject of an Indigenous Community Stories produced film, titled Nola’s Story. The film aired during the 2016 Fremantle Art Centre Revealed Program in conjunction with the Maritime Museum and Indigenous Community Stories.


Campbell states: “I like being able to paint the country I grew up in, was born in, to keep it alive. It also makes me think about my mother and my family who used to walk this country long before me. The country I paint is their country too. It’s my husband’s, my nguntu (mother’s), ngayuku kaparli (my grandmother’s) and ngayuku tjamu (my grandfather’s).”