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Joylene Reid Napangardi

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Region: Kintore

Joylene Reid Napangardi employs traditional symbols and colours from the Western Desert in her detailed artworks. Joylene paints Pintupi stories of women’s ceremonial sites between Kintore and Kiwirrkura, celebrating the Creation ancestors. She is the daughter of Kintore artist Walangkura Napurrula.

Judy Napangardi Martin

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Region: Lajamunu

Judy Napangardi Martin is a Warlpiri artist from Lajamanu in the Tanami Desert. Judy inherits stories from her mother, artist Lorna Napurrula Fencer, including Yarla Bush Yam. Judy uses bold line structures and strong colour to map out her Dreaming stories with associated ceremonial rights and obligations.

Judy Watson Napangardi

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Region: Yuendumu

Judy Watson Napangardi is a leading and collectable Warlpiri artist from Yuendumu in the Tanami Desert. Her paintings of the Mina Mina women’s Dreaming site are colourful statements of the elements of ceremony associated with this site. Judy is represented in major art collections and art institutions.

Julie Nangala Robertson

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Region: Yuendumu

Julie Nangala Robertson is daughter of artist Dorothy Napangardi (1952–2013) and lives at Yuendumu. Julie carries the stories of Mina Mina Dreaming and Water Dreaming of which she is custodian. She uses a close colour palette along with black and white to depict the designs associated with her country.

June Peters

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Region: Utopia

June Peters paints with ochre pigments in the style of East Kimberley artists. Her striking landscapes include the Bungle Bungles or Purnululu, and areas around the Ord River and Texas Downs, where she was born. June has learned from senior Gija artists Lena Nyadbi, Queenie McKenzie and Madigan Thomas.

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

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Region: Kintore

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra was born at Papunya, the daughter of Walangkura Napanangka and Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. She paints sacred women’s sites in Kintore region showing the locations and Ancestor travel paths through that Country. Katherine uses densely painted dotwork surrounding her symbols.

Kim Butler Napurrula

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Region: Kiwirrkura

Kim Butler Napurrula (1971-2017) is a Pintupi artist from Kiwirrkura, with a strong cultural family group of painters, daughter of Antjari Tjakamarra and Katarra Butler Napaltjarri. Kim’s paintings show the important issues for traditional Aboriginal groups – maintenance of culture, ceremony and language.

Kudditji Kngwarreye

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Region: Utopia

Kudditji Kngwarreye (c1928- 2017) is known for large dynamic abstract paintings, saturated with colour and paint. His art has expanded the realm of traditional story-telling by Central Desert painters. Emu Dreaming is one of Kudditji’s inherited ancestral totems, and is the inspiration for his artwork.

Kurun Warun

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Region: Murray River

Kurun Warun is of Gunditjmara descent from Victoria. Kurun’s art uses bold contrasting colours to tell stories of Aboriginal experience in Australia. His use of colour reflects the primary resources of indigenous people – red, black and white to convey cultural body markings and structures found in nature.

Lanita Numina Napanangka

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Region: Utopia

Lanita Numina Napanangka is from an Anmatyerre artist family from Central Australia. Lanita and her sisters Caroline, Louise, Selina and Sharon paint traditional stories including women’s ceremonies and body paint designs, bush medicine, bush foods, Emu Dreaming, Dingo Dreaming and Water Dreaming.

Lily Karadada

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Region: Kalumburu

Lily Karadada is a major artist for Wandjina paintings from Kalumburu. The Wandjina spirit embodies the Creation story and is the Rain spirit for the north-west Kimberley region. Lily paints using traditional ochre pigments on bark and canvas, and is a significant representative of her Wunumbal culture.

Lily Kelly Napangardi

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Region: Mount Liebig

Lily Kelly Napangardi is known for her finely dotted black and white paintings of Australia’s Central Desert. Her art captures the vast open country and suggests the shifting nature of the desert sand dunes. With microcosmic details in her paintings, she also includes a macrocosmic aerial view of country.

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

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Region: Kintore

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri walked with her family from Lake MacKay in the Gibson Desert to Central Australia in the 1940s. Her art reflects the deep spiritual culture of her desert homelands sometimes blended with mission biblical stories set in the desert. Linda and her family are strong cultural figures.

Long Jack Phillipus

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Region: Mt Allan

Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra has associations with the Papunya Desert art movement since it started in 1971. He was born 1932 at the Rain Dreaming site of Kalipinypa, near Kintore and educated by the Lutheran missionaries. Long Jack paints important stories including Wallaby, Dingo, Possum and Emu Dreamings.

Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Fencer Napurrula

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Region: Lajumanu

Lorna Napurrula Fencer (c1923- 2006) is a senior Warlpiri artist whose bold use of colour and design set new benchmarks for Lajamanu artists. Lorna painted aspects of the Bush Yam Jukurrpa from Yumurrpa, her custodial lands. Lorna was noted for her assertive and colourful personality and style of painting.

Lorna Ward Napanangka

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Region: Kintore

Lorna Ward Napanangka is the daughter of artist Timmy Payungka Tjapangati. Her finely dotted rhythmic work evokes the geometric style of Western Desert formalism of Anatjari Tjakamarra. Her technique of fine dotting in white onto a dark background has been a strong influence on other Pintupi women painters.

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

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Region: Kintore

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri is a Pintupi Aboriginal artist from Kintore. Maisie paints in the traditional style of Western Desert artists using an earth toned palette and desert iconography. She paints the Tjukurrpa sites associated with women’s ceremonies located between Kintore and Kiwirrkurra.

Maisie Ward Nungurrayi

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Region: Kintore

Maisie Ward Nungurrayi is the daughter of Dr George Ward Tjapaltjarri. She has lived at Kintore and Docker River and paints some of the major family Dreaming stories from near Kiwirrkura and Tjukurla. Maisie’s language and stories are Luritja from her mother’s and Ngaanyatjarra from her father’s side.

Makinti Napanangka

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Region: Kintore

Makinti Napanangka (1932- 2011) is a senior Pintupi artist from Kintore. Her paintings refer to the hair string belts that the women weave and wear at ceremonies for the Ancestor women, Kungka Kutjarra. Makinti distils her imagery into sweeping rhythmic lines symbolising the women dancing at ceremony.

Marcia Purdie

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Region: Warmun

Marcia Purdie is an East Kimberley artist who learned painting from Shirley Purdie and Madigan Thomas at Warmun. Marcia’s paintings of Purnululu or Bungle Bungles draw on traditional knowledge of old people and how country is used for hunting and ceremony. Her skills are in describing country and its stories.

Margaret Lewis Napangardi

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Region: Yuendumu

Margaret Lewis Napangardi is a Warlpiri artists, sister of Dorothy Napangardi. She is also influenced by Judy Napangardi Watson as all three artists share the Women’s Ceremony of Mina Mina Jukurrpa. Margaret’s style varies between the minimal dot style and the expressive colour style of Judy Watson.

Marlene Harold

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Region: Yinjaa Barni

Marlene Harold is a Pilbara artist from Yinjaa-Barni art centre in Roebourne. Her delicate paintings of Marrga show the creation of the world from smoke of ancestral fires. Her paintings have an impressionistic feel, showing the blending of the earth, sky and grasses as they merge into the new world.

Marlene Young Nungurrayi

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Region: Tjukurla

Marlene Young Nungurrayi is a Pintupi artist. She paints body paint designs and other aspects of the Minyma Tjukurrpa  – the women’s Creation stories. Her paintings depict the Tingari journey path of Kungka Kutjara, the travelling Ancestor women. Marlene’s family have lived between Tjukurla and Kintore.

Mary McLean

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Region: Docker River

Pantjiti Mary McLean is a Ngaatjatjarra artist (b1928) from Docker River. Her lyrical paintings show people in everyday activities in their campsites, with birds and animals, waterholes and fires all around. Her paintings are lively anecdotal observations from her family’s stories over many generations.

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

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Region: Mt Allan

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa is a Warlpiri artist from Mt Allan. Her paintings capture the rolling sandhill country of the Central Desert using subtle variations of colour. She embeds images of Water Dreaming and women’s ceremonial designs into her artworks, linking the country to its ritual connections.

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Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

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Region: Mt Allan

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi is a skilled Central Desert artist taught by her father Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. Michelle paints Dreaming stories from near Mt Allan, inherited stories from the women’s side of her family. Her colourful paintings describe the many important cultural sites she knows well.

Minnie Pwerle

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Region: Utopia

Minnie Pwerle (c1910 – 2006) is a highly collected Utopia artist. Her paintings of Awelye, women’s body paint designs, combine colour and movement into abstract linear structures. The repeated body paint design creates a rhythm that is highlighted by colour changes and echoes the flow of ceremonial dance.