Yuparli (Bush Banana), 1997
In her early years, Dorothy Napangardi artwork was very different to her famed monochromatic masterpieces. Her painting style using more feathery strokes and vibrant colours, her subject matter primarily of ‘mukati’, the bush plum and ‘yuparli’, the bush banana, both of which were important food sources that grow through the desert.
This particular artwork was kept in the Gallery Gondwana private collection and is a wonderful example of the works from that period of her career, with this painting having also been exhibited in the MCA Survey Show in 2002.
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.