Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi, born circa 1958 is a Warlpiri women from Yuendumu, the area around Mina Mina, a significant site located near Lake MacKay in the Tamini Desert in the Northern Territory.
Dorothy sadly passed away from a car accident on the 1st June 2013
In 1998 marked a significant turning point in her work.
Dorothy was first introduced to painting in 1987 by her friend and artist, Eunice Napangardi-(Deceased). She now paints her country, Mina Mina without any traditional iconography from her familial lines, creating her own innovative language to portray her country. Dorothy’s paintings are created by an intricate network of lines that collide and implode on top of each other creating a play of tension and expansion, transporting the viewer through a myriad of intersections. Her view is constantly changing: one painting giving an aerial perspective; the next as if she has placed a microscope to the ground.
Her book “Dancing up country” – The Art of Dorothy Napangardi published by Museum of Contemporary Art” illustrates Dorothy Napangardi’s Dreamings
Highest price paid for Dorothy Napangardi painting 122cm x 152cm – AU$129,750 at Sotherby’s – Melbourne 24-11-09
Collections / Exhibition information:
2004 Ngati Jinta (One Mother), Gallery Gondwana at the Depot Gallery, Sydney Australia
2003 ‘Mina Mina’ – My Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne Australia
2003 ‘Indecorous Abstraction 2’ – New Contemporaries Gallery, QVB , Sydney, NSW
2003 ‘Collectors Show’, Gallery Gondwana at The Depot Gallery, Sydney NSW
2003 ‘Dancing Up Country; the work of Dorothy Napangardi’. Asia Tour. Asia link in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art tour to Vietnam Fine Art Museum in Hanoi and the National Art Gallery, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur;
2003 ‘Collectors Show’, Gallery Gondwana at The Depot Gallery, Sydney NSW
2002 ‘Kana-kurlangu’ Dorothy Napangardi – Gallery Gondwana at The Depot Gallery, Sydney NSW
2002-03 ‘Dancing Up Country; the work of Dorothy Napangardi’ – Museum of Contemporary Art, MCA, Sydney, NSW Australia; 2002 Melbourne ArtFair 2002, Melbourne, Australia
2002 Indecorous Abstraction – Contemporary Women Painters, Light Sq. Gallery AIT ARTS Adelaide,SA., Australia
2002 ‘Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art ‘National Travelling Exhibition, Gurang Land Council (Aboriginal Corporation), QLD, Australia
2002 ‘One Mother’, Dorothy Napangardi and Sabrina Nangala, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2001 ‘Dorothy Napangardi’, New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2001 31st Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
2001 ‘Masterwork’, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2001 ’18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, Australia 2001 ‘Mina Mina’, Solo, Dorothy Napangardi – Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, Australia 2001 ‘Dreamtime-The Light and the Dark’, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Vienna, Austria
2001 ‘Country After Rain’, Framed – The Darwin Gallery, Darwin, Australia
2001 ‘alice.fitzroy@af’, Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy, Canberra, Australia
2000-01 ‘The Art of Place Exhibition’, Australian Heritage Commission, Old Parliament House, Canberra
2000 ‘Melbourne Art Fair 2000’, Melbourne, Australia
2000 ‘Songlines: Walala Tjapaltjarri & Dorothy Napangardi’, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
2000 ‘Dorothy Napangardi and Walala Tjapaltjarri, Adelaide Festival, Gallery Australis, SA, Australia
2000 ’17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, Australia
2000 ‘Recent Paintings by Dorothy Napangardi, Vivian Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2000 ‘Dorothy Napangardi’, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia
2000 ‘5th National Indigenous Heritage Art Award’, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra
1999 ‘Painting the Desert’, Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy, Canberra, A.C.T.
1999 ‘The Redlands Westpac Art Prize’, Mosman Art Gallery NSW, Australia
1999 ‘My Country – Journey of our Ancestors’, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns, QLD.
1999 ’16th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award’, Darwin, Australia
1999 Recent works by Dorothy Napangardi’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, A.C.T. Australia
1999 ‘Recent works by Dorothy Napangardi and Walala Tjapaltjarri’, Vivian Anderson Gallery,
1999 ‘ Treading Softly’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, A.C.T. Australia
1998 Northern Territory Art Award, Alice Springs, N.T. Australia
1998 ‘Warlpiri Women’, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT. Australia
1998 ‘Napangardi Dreaming – Ceremony and Song’, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW. Australia
1998 ’15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, NT.
1991 ‘8th National Aboriginal Art Award’, Darwin. N.T. Australia
COLLECTIONS:
National 118th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Darwin, NT.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia; National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australia, Australia
Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin; Queensland Museum, QLD, Australia
Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany; The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, LA, USA.
The Kaplan-Levi Collection, Seattle, USA; The Vroom Collection, The Netherlands
The Erskine Collection, NSW, Australia; The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, WA, Australia
The Australia Council Collection, Sydney, Australia
South Australian Festival Centre Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
The Homesglen Institute of TAFE Collection, Victoria, Australia
AWARDS:
2001 First Prize, ’18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, Darwin, NT.
1999 Highly Commended 16th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, N.T.
1998 Northern Territory Art Award, Alice Springs, N.T.
1991 Best Painting in European Media, 8th National Aboriginal Art Award, Darwin, N.T.