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Dorothy Napangardi & Kim West Napurrula

Dorothy Napangardi & Kim West Napurrula

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30 August - 04 October 2013

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Dorothy Napangardi & Kim West Napurrula

30 August – 04 October 2013

Warlpiri artist Dorothy Napangardi (1952-2013) created strong minimalist paintings of Mina Mina that have become emblematic of this women’s ceremonial site in the Tanami Desert. Her recent death has left a deeply felt loss to family, friends and admirers. Japingka Gallery is hosting a tribute exhibition of the artist’s works, including classic images from her Mina Mina series.

Dorothy Napangardi’s paintings are austere and classic distillations of the Central Desert art style. The artist stated- “While I’m doing my painting I always have my family in mind. A few years ago we went back to Mina Mina to see my country” (Fire-works catalogue, 2007).  Dorothy Napangardi’s innovative and distinctive painting style has earned her the reputation as one of Australia’s most important Aboriginal artists.

Dorothy Napangardi was born in the early 1950s at Mina Mina, west of Yuendumu, in the Tanami Desert. Napangardi began painting ‘bush tucker’ stories in 1987 when her children were still young and well after she moved from her ancestral Warlpiri lands into Alice Springs, where she has lived the greater part of her life.

Her first paintings were colourful images of the bush banana dreaming. Working independently of art community pressures and politics left her free to experiment with painting techniques and styles. This, along with pilgrimages back into her homelands in the 1990s, allowed her to refine her visual representation of her Jukurrpa (Dreamings) and stories associated with Mina Mina, culminating in the finely patterned, minimal designs for which she is now so widely recognised.

In 2001, Dorothy Napangardi won the coveted Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for a black and white work, ‘Salt on Mina Mina’. In 2002, she was honoured with a major survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Dorothy Napangardi’s connection with country is both the subject of and inspiration for her paintings. Her mature works have monochromatic backgrounds on which she paints a tracery of finely dotted meandering lines or ladder-like cells and grids in a contrasting colour. The large salt lake, Ngayurru (Lake Mackay) in the Warlpiri region is also depicted in Napangardi’s work.

Dorothy Napangardi’s dreaming includes the story of the women from Mina Mina who were travelling eastward with their digging sticks, dancing all the way. The Warlpiri Snake Ancestor, Walyankarna, was travelling north. At a certain point they met and for a while the snake ancestor watched the women dancing, without revealing himself. Their dance was enthusiastic and energetic, such that the dust billowed and rose, eventually elevating the Ancestral Snake and bearing him away to Yaturlu Yaturlu (The Granites), located beside a small rockhole that never dries up.

Kim West Napurrula was born around 1960 near Kiwirrkura in the Gibson Desert south of Lake Mackay in Western Australia. In 1963, Kim’s family was met by Jeremy Long’s Welfare Patrol, a historic time when desert families that had come in from the desert were trying to make contact with those left behind. At the time, her family was camping at Willi Rockhole, slightly east of Kintore in the Gibson Desert.

Kim’s family includes her late father Freddy West Tjakamarra, one of the original shareholders of Papunya Tula Artists, and older brother Bobby West, traditional owner of Kiwirrkura and spokesperson for Papunya Tula. Kim West Napurrula was married to Yuendumu George, and lives at the community of Kiwirrkura in Western Australia.

Kim West Napurrula’s country is located around Marrapinti, a significant Women’s Dreaming site. It incorporates desert soakages that run along the border country between Northern Territory and Western Australian. In her paintings Kim West Napurrula depicts her traditional country and the associated Women’s Ceremonies and Dreamings from the heartlands of Pintupi territory. The exhibition opens on Friday 30 August and runs until 4 October. Japingka Gallery is open Mon-Fri 10-5.30 and Sat-Sun 12-5.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Dorothy Napangardi
Kim West Napurrula 

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Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 009136  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Sandhills at Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Sandhills at Mina Mina

Jap 009137  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 009131  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 009133  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Tali and Ngumi Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali and Ngumi Country

Jap 007707  |  acrylic on linen  |  210 x 153 cm

Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 009124  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

Karlangu – Digging Sticks by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karlangu – Digging Sticks

Jap 009120  |  acrylic on linen  |  300 x 120 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009121  |  acrylic on linen  |  300 x 120 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009158  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009162  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009169  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009171  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Tali and Ngumi Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula   |  Tali and Ngumi Country

Jap 007708  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 117 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009157  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Travelling (part 1) by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Travelling (part 1)

Jap 009448  |  acrylic on linen  |  153 x 210 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009156  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009170  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Tali and Ngumi Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali and Ngumi Country

Jap 009160  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009164  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009128  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 009125  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 009126  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 009123  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009134  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Women by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Women

Jap 009132  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009138  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Women by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Women

Jap 009141  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009139  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 009127  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009257  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 30 cm

Women by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Women

Jap 009154  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 30 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009140  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009172  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009118  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009176  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 30 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009174  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 30 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009175  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 30 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009168  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009165  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009159  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009161  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Tali – Sandhill Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 009167  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

Tali and Ngumi Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali and Ngumi Country

Jap 009166  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Women by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Women

Jap 009117  |  acrylic on linen  |  210 x 150 cm

Travelling Women (part 1 ) by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Travelling Women (part 1 )

Jap 009449  |  acrylic on linen  |  153 x 210 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009446  |  acrylic on linen  |  300 x 200 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 009119  |  acrylic on linen  |  300 x 200 cm

Women by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Women

Jap 009122  |  acrylic on linen  |  300 x 120 cm

Salt on Mina Mina by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Salt on Mina Mina

Jap 008437  |  acrylic on linen  |  300 x 120 cm

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