​Margaret Lewis Napangardi


Margaret Lewis Napangardi was born in 1952 at Mt Doreen Station in Central Australia and grew up with her two brothers and three sisters around Nyrippi outstation in the Simpson Desert.
Margaret grew up 'bush' with no exposure to white man until her family moved to the Yuendumu settlement. Margaret Lewis Napangardi is the sister of the late Dorothy Napangardi Robertson and the mother of artist and musician Gordon Robertson Jangala

Margaret was taught painting by her father, Paddy Japanangka Lewis, who was a prominent Yuendumu artist.
In 1978 Margaret Lewis Napangardi participated with other Yuendumu women in learning the art of batik-making. Since that time Margaret Lewis Napangardi has developed her painting in a number of differing directions which relate to her inherited Dreaming stories.

Margaret has been exposed to painting since she was a child and her artworks are very depictive of art from the Yuendumu area; adventurous combinations of strong vibrant colours and microscopic dots.
Her paintings depict women's stories and stories relating to her country.

Margaret is a highly skilled and versatile artist. In 1978 Margaret participated with other Yuendemu women in learning the art of Batik-making. Since that time Margaret's work has evolved into several unique style. Her paintings depict the stories associated with her country Janyinki and Mina Mina Dreaming, west of Yuendumu.

She is exhibited extensively throughout Australia and has featured in exhibitions overseas.

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