Judy Napangardi Watson

Judy is recognized as being a leader in contemporary Australian aboriginal art.

Judy Watson was born at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, around 1935. With her family, Judy made many trips on foot to her country and lived for long periods at Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts. She now lives at Yuendemu in the Northern Territory.
Judy was taught to paint by her sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson (Deceased) and started painting for Warlukurlangu Artists in 1986. She has been a committee member of the association and is one of its most accomplished and respected artists.

Judy’s paintings are characterized by brightly coloured representations of Dreamings connected to her country Mina Mina. These include Karnta (Women), Kanakurlangu (Digging Stick), Ngalyipi (Snake Vine), Yunkaranyi (Honey Ant), Jintiparnta (Native Truffle) and Majardi (Hair String belt).
Judy uses a style that exhibits high levels of energy, a dynamic use of colour, distinctive use of contrasting lines of colour and richly textured surfaces.

Judy was named in the January/March 2007 edition of the prestigious Australian Art Collector magazine in the Top 50 Most Collectable Artists.

Major collections:
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Flinders University Art Museum, Melbourne
Gordon Darling Foundation, Canberra
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra;National Gallery of Victoria
South Australian Museum, Adelaide

Selected exhibitions:
2004 ‘Painting Country’, Thornquest Gallery, Queensland
2004 ‘Painting Country’, Thornquest Gallery, Queensland
2004 ‘New Works from Yuendumu’, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
2004 Little Warlu, Big Stories, Hot Little paintings by Big artists of Yuendumu, Australia’s NT & Outback Centre, Sydney
2004 ‘Dreaming Stories’, Indigenart, Perth
2004 ‘Divas of the Desert* Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2004 ‘Desert Mob’ Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
2004 ‘Big Country’ Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
2003 ‘Yimi Pirrijirdi – Strong Stories’ Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne
2003 True Blue Christmas 2003, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
2003 ‘The Colours of Mina Mina’ Judy Watson and Betsy Lewis, Raft Gallery, Darwin
2003 Kurruwarri Wirijarlu – Big Story’ Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
2003 Kurruwarri Pipangka – Designs on Paper’ CDU Gallery
2003 Black and White. Colour. seeing country in two ways Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2003Desert Mob- Araluen Art and Cultural Centre Alice Springs
2002 ‘Warlukurlangu Collection’ Parliament House, Canberra
2002 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists Cooperative of Yuendumu’, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seatlle USA
2002 ‘Warlukurlangu Artists Cooperative of Yuendumu’ One Union Square Lobby, Seattle, USA
2002: Onshore Art Barwon Heads Victoria
2002 ‘New Works from Warlukurlangu’ Indigenart, Perth WA
2002 ‘New Paintings from Yuendumu’ Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2002 Indigenart Perth; 2002 Bellas Gallery Brisbane
2000 ‘Wayuta’, The Desart Janganpa Gallery, Alice Springs
2000 Shell Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle
2000 Kurawari, Desart Gallery, Sydney
2000 ‘Journey to the North West’, Palya Art, Sydney
2000 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne; 2000 Beaver Galleries, Canberra
2000 Marking the Paper, Desart Gallery, Sydney
2000 jangku yinyi, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Melbourne
1999 ‘Mina Mina’, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
1999 International Women’s Day Exhibition, Watch This Space, Alice Springs; 1999 Desert Mob Show, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1998 ‘Kurrawarri – Kirli’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1998 Framed Gallery, Darwin; 1998 Desert Designs, Perth
1998 Art Gallery *Culture Store* Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1998 ‘A Thousand Journeys’, Tin Shed Gallery, University of Sydney
1997 Hogarth Gallery, Sydney; 1995 SOFA, Miami, U.S.A
1995 SOFA, Chicago, U.S.A; 1995 Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
1994 Armstrong Gallery, Florida;
1994 Echoes of the Dreamtime, Osaka, Japan
1993 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
1993 Northern Territory Art Award, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
1993 CINAFE (Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition), U.S.A.
1993 Bellas Gallery, Brisbane
1993 Adelaide Town Hall, (in assoc. with The Pacific Arts Symposium)
1992 The Long Gallery, Hobart; 1992 Hogarth Gallery of Dreams, Sydney; 1991 Darwin Performing Arts Centre, Darwin
1990′ Women’s Exhibition’. The Women’s Gallery, Melbourne
1990 I. U.N.C. (showing at Hilton Hotel), Perth
1990 Darwin Performing Arts Centre, Darwin

Auction records:
Title: Women’s Dreaming 1995 Auction Price: A$216,000- 93 offered for auction, Auction House: Lawson~Menzies