This beautiful piece is painted using acrylic on arches paper created by indigenous artist Dorthy Napangardi who resides in Alice Springs and Sydney. The painting is matted using a neutral white contemporary frame that go with any decor.
Dorothy Napangardi is an Australian Aboriginal artist, one of the three
thousand or so Warlpiri speakers who live in or are originally from the
Tanami desert region of Central Australia.
She had little formal schooling, but was instructed in the historic
Dreaming of her people. “Dreaming” is an imprecise English translation
of the Warlpiri word Jukurrpa, which describes the origins and journeys
of ancestral beings in the land, and identiﬁes the sacred places where
the spirits presently reside. The Jukurrpa theme, generally, is one of
the inseparability of the self from the environment, and the stories
usually include traveling. A Warlpiri speaker is quoted in a catalog of
Napangardi’s paintings: “To me, Dorothy’s work is like Yapa [people]
running through and across their country, moving across their pathways
when they go traveling. That’s what it reminds me of, Yapa crossing
paths, crossing one another’s pathways as they go traveling.”
In 2001 Napangardi won ﬁrst prize in the 18th National Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Award Festival, Australia. She won lesser prizes
in the same festival in 1991 and 1999. She has had many exhibitions in
Australia and showed in 2001 at the Sammlung Essl Museum in Vienna,
Austria. In 2004 Crown Point Press published a series of her prints and
exhibited her paintings and prints in its gallery in San Francisco. The
Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco exhibited her paintings in 2005.
Napangardi’s work is in the collections of several museums, including
the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Art Gallery of South
Australia in Adelaide, and the Linden-Museum Stuttgart in Germany. She
is represented by Gallery Gondwana in Alice Springs and Sydney,
Frame Dimensions 10" x 10"