​Dorothy Napangardi


Dorothy Napangardi 1952 - 2013

Dorothy was born around Mina Mina, west of Mt Doreen and Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.

She began painting ‘bush tucker’ designs in 1987 when she was allowed to refine her visual representation of her Jukurrpa (Dreamings) and stories associated with Mina Mina, culminating in the finely patterned, minimal paintings for which she is now so widely recognised.

She moved from her ancestral Warlpiri homelands into Alice Springs, where she has lived the greater part of her life.

In 2001, Dorothy Napangardi won the coveted Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for a black and white work, Salt on Mina Mina. In 2002, she was presented a major painting survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Dorothy Napangardi’s innovative and distinctive painting style has earned her a reputation as one of the most important Aboriginal artists working today.


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