Judy Napangardi Watson
Born at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station (west of Yuendumu), Judy Napangardi Watson is a senior Warlpiri female painter. A woman of incredible energy that is transmitted to her work through her dynamic use of colour, and energetic “dragged dotting” style. She is at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa by Warlpiri artists, however her work retains strong kurruwarri, the details which tell of the sacredness of place and song in her culture.
Region: Yuendumu, NT
DOB: c 1935 – 17 May 2016
Place of Birth: Yingipurlangu, NT
Art Centre: Warlukurlangu Artists, NT
Judy Watson was born at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station (west of Yuendumu), at the time when many Warlpiri and other Central and Western Desert Peoples were living a traditional nomadic life. With her family Judy made many trips on foot to her country and lived for long periods at Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts.
These places are rich in bush tucker such as wanakiji, bush plums, yakajirri, bush tomatoes, and wardapi, sand goanna. Judy’s tjukurrpa (dreamings) are Ngarlyipi (Snake Vine), Karnta (Woman), Mina Mina, and Kanakurlangu. Judy still frequently goes hunting in the country west of Yuendumu, near her homelands.
Judy Watson is the cousin of Dorothy Napangardi (the daughter of Dorothy father’s brother). When Judy’s father died, Paddy (Dorothy’s father) took Judy in as his child. He said he felt towards her the same as his other children.
‘Painting makes me in touch with my ancestors,’ Judy said, ‘My country, painting holds them all there’
Source: Genocchio, Benjamin (2008).
A senior Warlpiri female painter, Judy was taught painting by her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson. She painted alongside her at Warlukurlangu Artists for a number of years, developing her own unique and distinctive style. Though a very tiny woman Judy has had ten children, three of whom she has outlived. She is a woman of incredible energy, this is transmitted to her work through her dynamic use of colour, and energetic “dragged dotting” style. She is at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa by Warlpiri artists, however her work retains strong kurruwarri, the details which tell of the sacredness of place and song in her culture.
The work of Judy Napangardi Watson’s has been shown in numerous exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally, being included in major collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; and South Australian Museum, Adelaide. She is also represented at the Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, in significant University museums and galleries and in major private collections.
Source: Genocchio, Benjamin (2008). Dollar Dreaming. Prahran, VIC: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978 1 74066 609 1
01 - 30 April 2018
Welcome to our Shining Forth - Colour Power Exhibition. This exhibition….. Proudly presenting the following artists Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Geraldine Nowee, Judy Napangardi Watson, Pamela Napurrurla Walker and Linda Napurrurla Walker, Alma Nungarrayi Granites, Jorna Napurrurla Nelson,…
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