Barbara Napangardi Reid

Barbara, born circa 1964 at Tjukurla (Gibson Desert).
Language group Ngaanyatjarra. A traditional woman who speaks three Aboriginal dialects. Her mother is the highly respected and world renowned artist Ningura Napurrula who was instrumental in teaching her Dreamtime stories.
Vital to her work is telling of women’s sacred stories- minyma- narratives that revolve around the role of the woman as healer and provider within Ngaanyatjarra society. Her paintings explore the unique country of her homeland Tjukurla in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia. She has been painting since 1987 and she depicts three major themes in her work, Minyma -women’s sacred stories, Puli -rock formations and Tali -sandhills. She often paints the pintalypa, a native bush-apple.

Her paintings have been featured in group exhibitions including the 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin (2000). Her work is represented in the collection at the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
Selected exhibitions:
Salt and Spinifex 2000 Japingka Gallery, Perth; 2000 Vivian Anderson Gallery, Melbourne; 2000 Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; 2000 Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs; 2001 Alliance Francaise de Canberra.
Selected collections:
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
She is a highly respected Papunya Tula artist whose artworks are sought after by collectors worldwide