Exhibitions

The Limited Edition Works of Dorothy Napangardi

01 August - 31 December 2018

In addition to her internationally acclaimed career in paintings, Dorothy also extended her artistic career into the field of etching and print making… which saw her create a stunning series of limited edition prints for print makers including Crown Point Press (Dena Schuckit), Northern Editions (Simon White), Port Jackson Press (Belinda Fox) and Basil Hall Editions (Basil Hall).


In the catalog Dancing Up Country: The Art of Dorothy Napangardi, published in 2002 by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Christine Nicholls writes that “Dorothy Napangardi’s success as an artist lies in her ability to evoke a strong sense of movement on her canvases, an effect she achieves because of her remarkable spatial sense and compositional ability.” Nicholls goes on to say that the work “can be appreciated on multiple levels,” though indigenous commentators see painting as “a stage for human activity, rather than seeing the geometric aspects of the work.”

Working with print makers from Basil Hall Editions, Northern Editions, Port Jackson Press and Crown Point Press, Dorothy extended her artistic career into the field of etching and print making… creating a stunning series of limited edition prints.

Dorothy Napangardi - Sandhills - Cat DN-15 (Limited Edition Print)

Dorothy Napangardi, Sandhills, 2004. Color soap ground, spit bite, and sugar lift aquatints. Paper size: 25-1/2 X 30-3/4"; image size: 17-3/4 X 23-3/4". Edition 50.

Master Printers from renowned American print publisher Crown Point Press and Port Jackson Press Australia worked on a major international print exchange project involving leading indigenous Australian artist Dorothy Napangardi. This was the first time Crown Point Press have worked in collaboration with an Australian artist and printer.

A major international print exchange project involving leading indigenous Australian artist Dorothy Napangardi, and Master Printers from renowned American print publisher Crown Point Press in San Francisco and Port Jackson Press Australia will be launched in the United States and Australia late in 2004.

In the summer of 2004, Dena Schuckit, Crown Point’s senior master printer, traveled to Australia to work with Aboriginal artist Dorothy Napangardi. The text of this Overview was written by her during the three weeks she spent in Australia. Years ago, when Crown Point Press took artists to Japan and China to do projects, I came to understand that the mother of invention is not necessity; it is opportunity. Our project in Australia came about at the suggestion of Belinda Fox, printer and studio manager of Port Jackson Press Australia, who participated in a summer etching workshop at Crown Point in 2003. She introduced us to Napangardi’s work, and put us in contact with Gallery Gondwana, the artist’s gallery. Because the artist did not think she could make art away from her homeland, Fox and Lotte Water of Gallery Gondwana did the planning needed to bring the project to fruition in Australia. We sent Dena Schuckit there, and she and Belinda Fox worked with Napangardi to make and proof the plates in the etching studio of the National Art School, Sydney. The prints were editioned in San Francisco. - Kathan Brown  Source: Crown Point Press, Newsletter November 2004

The 2004 collaboration resulted in Crown Point Press publishing a series of her prints and exhibited her paintings and prints in its gallery in San Francisco in an exhibition called:

Dorothy Napangardi: Mina Mina Country
Nine new colour etchings and seven new paintings. 
November 18 - December 13, 2004

The Crown Point Press Newsletter Overview, November 2004 issue published a doco diary style article Making Prints with Dorothy Napangardi, An Australian Adventure, from a diary by Dena Schuckit (who was the Crown Point’s senior master printer at the time).

The resulting limited edition prints that arose out of this adventure, depicted in the newsletter include:

  1. Dorothy Napangardi, Sandhills, 2004. (Cat No. DN-15)
    Color soap ground, spit bite, and sugar lift aquatints.
    Paper size: 25-1/2 X 30-3/4”; image size: 17-3/4 X 23-3/4”. Edition 50.
  2. Dorothy Napangardi, Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa 1 (Women’s Dreaming 1), 2004. (Cat No. DN-10)
    Color soap ground and sugar lift aquatints.
    Paper size: 31 x 24-3/4”; image size: 23-3/4 x 17-3/4”. Edition 50.
  3. Dorothy Napangardi, Kana-kurlangu Jukurrpa (Digging Stick Dreaming), 2004. (Cat No. DN-11)
    Color aquatint with sugar lift aquatint.
    Paper size: 31 x 24-3/4”; image size: 23-3/4 x 17-3/4”. Edition 50.
  4. Dorothy Napangardi, Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa 2 (Women’s Dreaming 2), 2004. (Cat No. DN-12)
    Color soap ground and sugar lift aquatints.
    Paper size: 31 x 24-3/4”; image size: 23-3/4 x 17-3/4”. Edition 50.
  5. Dorothy Napangardi, Mina Mina Country, 2004. (Cat No. DN-13)
    Color sugar lift aquatint.
    Paper size: 31 x 24-3/4”; image size: 23-3/4 x 17-3/4”. Edition 50.
  6. Dorothy Napangardi, Salt on Mina Mina, 2004. (Cat No. DN-14)
    Color lift aquatint with gampi paper chine collé.
    Paper size: 31 x 24-3/4”; image size: 23-3/4 x 17-3/4”. Edition 50.
  7. Dorothy Napangardi, Sandhill Country, 2004. (Cat No. DN-18)
    Color aquatint with sugar lift aquatint.
    Paper size: 8-3/4 x 9”; image size: 4-3/4 x 4”. Edition 50.
  8. Dorothy Napangardi, Spinifex Country, 2004. (Cat No. DN-16)
    Color aquatint with sugar lift aquatint.
    Paper size: 8-3/4 x 9”; image size: 4-3/4 x 4”. Edition 50.
  9. Dorothy Napangardi, Salt, 2004. (Cat No. DN-17)
    Color ground aquatint.
    Paper size: 8-3/4 x 9”; image size: 4-3/4 x 4”. Edition 50.

As one of the leading artists of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, Dorothy Napangardi has been awarded the Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award twice – for Best Painting in Western Media in 1991 and for the overall category in 2001; the 1998 Northern Territory Art Award; the honour of being the 2nd indigenous artist to be given a solo survey exhibition at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Sydney in 2002/2003 (that traced 11 years of her painting career from 1991 to 2002); and honoured by the Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art with a solo exhibition in 2002 entitled Dancing Up Country: the art of Dorothy Napangardi.

With renewed interest in the works of Dorothy Napangardi, following on from the current Dorothy Napangardi retrospective exhibition at The Seattle Art Museum (SAM), USA and exhibitions here in Australia, including our online exhibition of “Honouring Dorothy Napangardi”, we also present “The Limited Edition Works of Dorothy Napangardi.

Working with some renowned print makers including Crown Point Press (Dena Schuckit), Northern Editions (Simon White), Port Jackson Press (Belinda Fox) and Basil Hall Editions (Basil Hall), Dorothy was not shy in working in the medium of print making, leaving a legacy of stunning limited edition works.

Following is a record of some of her other magnificent works in the field of print making. Whilst some of these limited edition prints by Dorothy Napangardi have ‘Sold Out’, Gallery Gondwana still have a limited selection available and are pleased to offer them for sale through this exhibition…


Featured Artist

Dorothy Napangardi

Central Desert, Western Desert

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…


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