Tali is a classic work from Polly Napangardi Watson, who was ahead of her time in her techniques of double dotting and colour range. Her use of ochre tones and lines of the kurruwarri (the iconography of her dreaming) reflected the traditional Warlpiri style of painting. What set her apart was her intricate layering of dots, reminiscent of the pointalist painters.
Polly herself was incredibly fine and delicate. I always remember Stephen Culley from Desert Designs visiting the gallery and meeting her. He said he would love to ‘bottle her style’. Shopping mainly from op-shops she had a delightful very personal style of putting patterns and colours together. We, at Gallery Gondwana, feel very privileged to have represented her from 1990 and to have known and worked with her during the time Roslyn Premont managed the government gallery ‘Centre for Aboriginal Artists’ from 1987-1990.
Polly emerged as a significant painter very early in her painting career, which began in 1987. She has been represented in major international exhibitions since 1990 with her works acquired by public and private collections around the world.