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Ann Frances Nowee

Warlayirti Artists (Balgo)

Frances was born at Tjalyuwang, one of the remote mission sites before the Catholic mission was established at Wirrimanu (Balgo). She is the eldest daughter of a senior Law man and recognised artist Brandy Tjungurrayi (dec), she is one of five daughters all of whom are recognised artists in their own right.

When Frances was young she went to the local school at Balgo Hills and she also attended high school in Broome. Her family moved between Balgo and Christmas Creek and then in 1996 they moved to Kiwirrkurra where they stayed until the community was flooded and evacuated in 2001. Frances now lives in Balgo with her two sons and extended family. She started painting in the mid 1990s and paints the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) stories passed on to her from her mother and father.

Frances currently sits on the Warlayirti board of directors.