Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka was born circa 1930 in the Central Desert region of Lake MacDonald, which is west of Alice Springs on the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Passed away 6th January 2011 she will be sadly missed.
She moved to Haasts Bluff in the early 1940’s with her husband Nyukuyi Tjupurrula (Nosepeg Tjupurrula’s brother) before the Papunya Community was established and started painting in 1994 for the Kintore-Haasts Bluff collaborative project. Two years later she began painting for Papunya Tula Artists and quickly developed her own style, firstly with small roundels representing stories about Kuningka – the western quoll – and later with bands of colour painted in arcs across the canvas. These lines represent the hairstring skirts of Kungka Kutjarra (Two Women) who feature prominently in Pintupi ancestral stories, but they also hint at the rhythms and movements of ceremonial songs and dances as well as the desert landscape itself.
As an artist Makinti isn’t at all concerned with neatness or with laying down fields of delicate dots, instead preferring to make harmonious, pared-back paintings that are at the same time both quiet and contemplative, and rhythmic and energetic. Her best paintings, as art critic Martin Shub has observed, “project themselves forward and even appear to shimmer. This is a quality seldom found in paintings – you can see it in the best Emily Kngwarreye works, with which I sense Makinti will eventually be seen as an equal in her mastery of a unique and beautiful visual language.”
Makinti’s work was included in the important Genesis and Genius exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2000 and she has had solo shows at Utopia Art in Sydney and with Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne.
Makinti’s work is represented in many public and private collections in both Australia and overseas.
She was rated as one of the most collectable artists in Australia by the Australian Art Collector magazine for five consecutive years, from 2002-2006 inclusive.
She won the 1997, 14th Telstra NATSIAA award and a 2001 Finalist in the 18th Telstra NATSIAA award Winner 25th 2008 Telstra Award.
Her artworks are highly sought after by collectors worldwide

Selected Exhibitions:
1995 “Minima Tjukurrpa”; 1998 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; 1999 Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, U.S.A.; 2000 Utopia Artists, Sydney; 2002 Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; 2003 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
Selected Collections:
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Shell Aboriginal Art Fund Collection; Macquarie Bank Collection; NGV; QAG