Nabula Scobie’s work, which depicts ceremonial body paint and other women’s stories, is highly sought by international and Australian collectors. Scobie work has a multi-dimensional nature and sheer physical presence of much contemporary artwork with many intricate details and subtle shades of colour. The powerful and moving multi dimensionality of Scobie work is hard to see on the website as even quality images do not allow for the accuracy and the physicality of art.
Narpula was born in the Haast Bluff area in the Northern Territory. She grew up living a traditional way of life, collecting bush tucker and living off the land. As a young woman she moved to Papunya, the area where Aboriginal imagery was first painted on canvas.
Narpula was married to Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka (now deceased), a Pintupi artist who was involved at the beginning of the art movement in Papunya. Narpula initially helped her husband with the background of his works, and began to paint her own works in the 1980s. In those early years she was the only female artist painting in the Pintupi area.
The majority of Narpula’s works depict bush food stories, reflecting her early life.
Narpula’s work features in a number of important collections in Australia and overseas