Catalogue No: DN Sandhills 2010 Ochre
Limited Edition: 5
Medium: Etching and aquatint
Image Size: 59 x 45 cm
Paper Size: 80 x 60 cm
Collaborator: Jacqueline F Gribbin
Printer: Jacqueline F Gribbin and Glynis Lee
Studio: Northern Editions, NTU, Darwin, NT
Publisher: Gallery Gondwana
— From Gallery Gondwana Private Collection - Rare
Dorothy Napangardi belongs to the Warlpiri language group, and paints in the traditional manner of the Kurrawari (dreaming). Living a traditional life style until the early 1960s when her family group walked into the pastoralist station of Mt Doreen, Dorothy was taught about her country and the Dreamtime by her mother through story telling, song and dance.
Holding a senior position in the field of traditional law within the Warlpiri society, Dorothy’s works play an integral role in the preservation and communication of her Dreamings. Her father is the most senior custodian of the Pikilyi sacred site. having inherited her rights through her patrilineal line, the importance of her contribution to the Aboriginal art movement is magnified.
Highly patterned and intricately woven designs detail her signature style. Using more traditional colours, she creates depths and perspectives, leading the eye into highly detailed maps and journeys of her Dreamings.
Source: Origins, Edition 1 2011 - Charles Darwin University
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.