Dorothy Robinson Napangardi

 
Date of Birth:

c.1958

Country

Mina Mina Region, Tanami Desert, NT

Language:

Walpiri

Artwork:

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Dorothy began painting in 1987. Initially she painted Mukaki, Bush or Wild Plum Dreaming in vibrant colours, but now focuses on painting her country, Mina Mina, using a more subdued palette relying on contrast to draw attention to the elaborate interlocking patterns.

Her unique depictions of ancient descriptions of her homeland, have won her acclaim as a fine artist of distinction. In 2001 she won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Telstra Award, and in 2002 was voted one of top 50 most collectable artists by Australian Art Collector. Her work is in important national and international collections and continues to feature in major exhibitions.

 Dorothy grew up in the bush and had no exposure to white man until she moved with her family to Yuendemu, there she started painting.

Fellow artist artist Eunice Jack Napangardi originally had a great influence on Dorothy’s painting style.  She then developed her own style painting the landscape, sandhills and salt pans around Mina Mina.  Most of these works are done in a black and white palette.

In 2001 Napangardi won first prize in the 18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award Festival, Australia for her work Salt on Mina Mina.  She won lesser prizes in the same festival in 1991 and 1999.  

 

 

Exhibitions

2005            The Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.A.

2004            Crown Point Press, San Francisco, U.S.A.

2003             Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2003            National Art Gallery of Malaysia

2003            Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2002             Art Fair, Melbourne

2002            Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs

2001             31st Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

2001            Sammlung. Essl Museum, Vienna, Austra

2001            Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy, Canberra

2001            Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2001            18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin

2000             Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

2002            Gallery Australis, Adelaide

2002            Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra

2002            Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2002            Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

1999             Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

1999            Mosman Art Gallery, NSW

1999            Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy, Canberra

1999            Chapman Gallery, Canberra

1999            16th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin

1998             15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin

1998            Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

1998            Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs991

1998            Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

 

COLLECTIONS:

Art Gallery of South Australia, South Australia, Australia.

Artbank, Sydney

Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany.

Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

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.

Queensland Museum, QLD, Australia.

South Australian Festival Centre Foundation, Adelaide, Australia.

The Australia Council Collection, Sydney, Australia.

The Erskine Collection, NSW, Australia.

The Homesglen Institute of TAFE Collection, Victoria, Australia.

The Kaplan-Levi Collection, Seattle, USA.

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, LA, USA..

The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, WA, Australia.

The Vroom Collection, The Netherlands.

Awards

2001 - First Prize, 18th NATSIAA

1999 - Highly Commended, 16th NATSIAA

1998 - First Prize, Northern Territory Art Award, Alice Springs

1991 - Best Painting in European Media

1991 - 8th National Aboriginal Art Award

 

 



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