Nellie Marks Nakamarra is a Luritja artist, and is the stepdaughter of the famous artist Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. Her sister is well known Central Australian artist Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra. Nellie Marks Nakamarra was taught to paint by some of the foundation artists of the Aboriginal desert art movement. Born in Papunya and growing up in the Western Desert, Nellie’s greatest artistic influences included Old Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula, Uta Uta Tjangala and many others.
Nellie Marks Nakamarra is custodian of Dreaming stories from her father’s and her grandfather’s country, which lies to the east of Kintore in the Northern Territory. Nellie Marks Nakamarra’s main subjects for her paintings are Lightning Dreaming, Women’s Tingari and Women’s ceremonial stories. Nellie Marks Nakamarra has had paintings represented in the exhibitions Desert Gold in November 2012 and Desert Song in April 2014 held at Japingka Gallery. Aboriginal art status – Rising Star.