Dorothy Napangardi (Private Collection)

Just released from a private collection… an early work from Dorothy Napangardi. This painting was part of the 2002 MCA Survey Show - Dancing Up Country - The art of Dorothy Napangardi

The owner of this work is reluctantly giving up this work, having enjoyed it hanging in her home for many years.

A collection of works by the internationally renowned Dorothy Napangardi is not complete without an example of her early works.

In this contrasting style of feathery strokes and vibrant colours, this piece captures the youthful creative output by an artist who grew in leaps and bounds.

Highly experimental and with a very individual painting style, in her early years Dorothy painted ‘mukati’, the bush plum and ‘yuparli’, the bush banana. Both were very important food sources that grew throughout the desert region.

Each painting during this early period of her artistic career, were individual, with a play on colours, style and form. A number of these works are highlighted in the publication from the Museum of Contemporary Art and the MCA Survey Show in 2002, Dancing Up Country: The art of Dorothy Napangardi.

Dorothy Napangardi - Yuparli (Bush Banana), 1991 - size 122 cm x 91 cm - Cat 678DN

Dorothy Napangardi - Yuparli (Bush Banana), 1991 - size 122 cm x 91 cm - Cat 678DN

As one of Gallery Gondwana’s key artist, and one of the leading artists of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, 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 Northern Territory Art Award in 1998.

She was then awarded the Telstra National Aboriginal Art Award twice – for the overall category in 2001 and for Best Painting in Western Media in 1991. Napangardi’s prize winning work in 2001, Salt on Mina Mina has been recognized as a masterpiece.

In 2002, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art honored Dorothy Napangardi by giving her a solo exhibition, entitled Dancing Up Country: the art of Dorothy Napangardi.



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