Narpula Scobie Napurrula was born at Haasts Bluff in Central Australia in 1950 and grew up in Papunya. She is the younger sister of the great painter Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula and shares the same father as artist, Mitjili Napurrula (dec). Narpula was married to well known artist Johnny Scobie Tjapanangka (dec).
Narpula Napurrula first began working independently in the 1980s. In those early years she was the only female artist working in the Pintupi area. Her paintings are recognisable for their subtle shades of colour, visual intensity and dynamic movement.