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Dorothy Napangardi

One of the leading artists of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, Napangardi’s work is highly sought after by both collectors and curators worldwide. Her paintings and prints have been widely exhibited and are in all national collections within Australia and in major collections worldwide including most recently the MET, New York. Napangardi had the honour of being the 2nd indigenous artist to be given a solo survey exhibition at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Sydney that traced 11 years of her painting career in 1991.

Regions: Central Desert, Western Desert

DOB: c 1958 – 1 June 2013

Place of Birth: Mina Mina (west of Yuendumu), NT

Significant Country: Mina Mina

Language: Pintupi

Community: Alice Springs, NT

Art Centre: Gallery Gondwana


As one of Gallery Gondwana’s key artist, and one of the leading artists of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, Napangardi’s work is highly sought after by both collectors and curators worldwide. Her paintings and prints have been widely exhibited and are in all national collections within Australia and in major collections worldwide including most recently the MET, New York.

Napangardi had the honour of being the 2nd indigenous artist to be given a solo survey exhibition at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Sydney that traced 11 years of her painting career in 1991.

She was awarded the Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award twice – for the overall category in 2001 and for Best Painting in Western Media in 1991.  She was also awarded the Northern Territory Art Award in 1998.

The subject matter for Napangardi’s paintings is her ancestral country, Mina Mina. Without any traditional iconography from her familial lines, Dorothy created her own innovative language to portray her country. Dorothy's paintings are created by an intricate network of lines that collide and implode on top of each other creating a play of tension and expansion, transporting the viewer through a myriad of intersections. Her view is constantly changing: one painting giving an aerial perspective; the next as if she has placed a microscope to the ground. 

With a very individual painting style that she developed by elaborating on the traditional designs of the kurawarri (dreaming), Napangardi’s paintings focus on this ancestral country, Mina Mina , which is a highly significant sacred site particularly for women, as it is the point of origin for Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa (Women's Dreaming) for not only the Warlpiri but also for the Kukutja whose traditional lands are to the west. 

Dorothy Napangardi is a highly acclaimed international artist, with a number of her works held in galleries, institutions and private collections around the world. For more extensive information about this artist contact us at info@gallerygondwana.com.au



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