Gracie Ward was born at the start of the desert art movement in 1973 at the famous Indigenous artist community in Papunya (240km northwest of Alice Springs).
Gracie is the daughter of the well-respected desert artist George Ward Tjungurrayi who mentored her on how to paint, along with her mother Nyungawarra Ward Napurrula. Together they passed onto Gracie their sacred Dreaming stories of their land, which is the inspiration for her paintings.
Gracie originally adopted the typical Pintupi dot painting technique using a subtle palette inspired by the colours of her father’s homelands. Gracie’s painting style has since evolved into a very contemporary style with a much bolder palette. This new direction has proved very successful and represents an exciting new generation of talented artists.