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Louise Numina


Louise Numina is one of six well known desert artists: the Numina Sisters. She has three brothers, her dear father passed and her widow mum still paints and lives in Darwin.


Louise went to primary school on Stirling Station near Tennant Creek. She later studied at Yirarra College in Alice Springs. Like her sisters and mother she comes from a long line of desert painters of the contemporary Aboriginal art and dot-dot central desert movement. After high school Louise returned to Stirling Station near Ti Tree where she worked with the Community Development Program.


She started painting in 1981 after being taught by her well renowned painter aunties: Gloria and Kathleen Petyerre, who are well established artists in Alice Springs. Louise has lived in Darwin since 1995 when she began studying at Nungalinya College achieving a diploma in Fine Arts. Louise works have featured in exhibitions in Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane. Her work has been collected for over 20 years. Louise has three young children.


The Numina Sisters travel regularly back home to visit their relatives and country. The Bush Medicine Leaves Dreaming knowledge story is a popular theme of the Numina Sisters. 

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