Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Gallery 2

21 November – 23 December 2014

 

Desert Storm by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Desert Storm

Jap 000651  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

Wise Men by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Wise Men

Jap 009068  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

Sandhills & Rockholes by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Sandhills & Rockholes

Jap 004992  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 153 cm

Sulky Man Dreaming by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Sulky Man Dreaming

Jap 009071  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

Tjarli Tjungurrayi by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Tjarli Tjungurrayi

Jap 004189  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Windmill

Jap 009069  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

Tjindara by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Tjindara

Jap 004731  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 92 cm

Ancestors – Tjarli and Rintje Tjungurrayi by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Ancestors – Tjarli and Rintje Tjungurrayi

Jap 008912  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

Early Days Funeral – Tjarli and Rintje by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Early Days Funeral – Tjarli and Rintje

Jap 004304  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

Rockhole by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Rockhole

Jap 009070  |  acrylic on linen  |  101 x 101 cm

Emu Men at Walukurritje by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Emu Men at Walukurritje

Jap 004298  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 122 cm

Eucharist by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Eucharist

Jap 004300  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 122 cm

Rintje Tjungurrayi, My Father by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Rintje Tjungurrayi, My Father

Jap 004188  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

Lampintje by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Lampintje

Jap 004993  |  acrylic on linen  |  157 x 122 cm

Walking Over Sand Hills by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Walking Over Sand Hills

Jap 004728  |  acrylic on linen  |  153 x 122 cm

Emu Men at Walukurritje by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Emu Men at Walukurritje

Jap 004297  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

Three Wise Men by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Three Wise Men

Jap 008914  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

Wise Men by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Wise Men

Jap 009065  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Windmill

Jap 009067  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

Spirits at Irawatharra by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Spirits at Irawatharra

Jap 004302  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

The Witch Doctor and the Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  The Witch Doctor and the Windmill

Jap 004191  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 122 cm

Kangaroo Man by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Kangaroo Man

Jap 009074  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

The Witch Doctor and the Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  The Witch Doctor and the Windmill

Jap 008913  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Windmill

Jap 009066  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Emu Men at Walukarrinja by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Emu Men at Walukarrinja

Jap 009073  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 30 cm

Jupiter Well by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Jupiter Well

Jap 004732  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 61 cm

Kangaroo Man and Emu Man by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Kangaroo Man and Emu Man

Jap 004991  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 153 cm

Sulky Man Dreaming by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Sulky Man Dreaming

Jap 009075  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

The Witch Doctor and the Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  The Witch Doctor and the Windmill

Jap 004303  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 122 cm

Linda’s Father by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Linda’s Father

Jap 009076  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 30 cm

Desert Eucharist by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Desert Eucharist

Jap 004192  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 122 cm

The Witch Doctor and the Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  The Witch Doctor and the Windmill

Jap 004299  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

The Witch Doctor and the Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  The Witch Doctor and the Windmill

Jap 008911  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

Linda’s Father by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Linda’s Father

Jap 009072  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 30 cm

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri collects the stories of a lifetime into a series of images that represent the major turning points in her life. One such incident is the first contact made by her small family group as they came in from the desert in 1945. Linda Syddick Napaltjarri was an eight year old child when her family ended an epic journey that had taken them from Lake Mackay in the Gibson Desert, east to the small settlement at Mt Liebig.

Linda’s story is one of first contact, when a traditional medicine man who followed with their party first encountered a windmill at Mt Liebig. While Linda’s adoptive father, Shorty Lankata Tjungurrayi, had contact with white settlers before, most of the party had not.

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri recounts how the witchdoctor drew on bush magic to quell the fierce windmill that he saw in the early morning. Looking more like a demonic spirit, the windmill proved to be immune the old witchdoctor’s magic. It was Linda’s father who finally was able to persuade the old man that the machine was not an evil spirit.

This and other stories of desert survival are direct from the voice of someone who was there at those first encounters. Linda Syddick Napaltjarri draws on metaphysical stories she later learned in the mission settlements and fused them with her memories of the desert and Tingari Creation events. The resultant paintings are full with the potent spiritual power that link to the great events of life.

The exhibition of Linda Syddick Napaltjarri’s paintings runs from 21 November to 23 December 2014.

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