Pintupi Art of the Western Desert
by Miriam Napanangka
This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Winpulpula. The roundels in this work depict the rockholes at the site. The surrounding lines represent the sandhills area.
Acrylic on Canvas
Canvas Size- 122 x 61 cms
Certificate of Authenticity
Miriam was born northwest of Kiwirrkura near Lake Mackay in country called Winpurrlura. Her first contact with white people was with a mining exploration team who flew over her family group in a helicopter. They stopped and offered food but her family ran in fright.
Miriam and her family eventually walked into Balgo, where they lived for some time. Miriam is married to Patrick Tjungurrayi and lives in Kiwirrkura.In 1999 Miriam contributed to the Kiwirrkura women's painting as part of the Western Desert Dialysis Appeal. Miriam paints for Papunya Tula Artists.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
1996 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW, Australia
1999 Utopia Art Sydney, NSW, Australia
1999 Flinders University of South Australia, Bedford Park, SA, Australia
2001 'Pintupi Women from Kintore', Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2001 Indigenart, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
2002 'Pintupi Artists', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia
2003 Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2004 'Ma Yunga/Passit On', Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory
2004 'The Desert Mob Art Show', Araluen art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia
2004 'Pintupi Artists', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia
2005 'Rising Stars', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2005 'Aboriginal Art of the Australian Desert', Anima Mundi gallery, Lyons, Colarado, USA
2005 'Pintupi Artists', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia
2005 'New Works from the Western Desert', Indigenart, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
2006 'Papunya Tula Artists', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2007 'Gifted: Contemporary Aboriginal Art', The Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2007 'Kiwirrkura Women', Utopia art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2008 'Marrkangku Yara Palyantjaku Ngurrangka - Making Strong Paintings at Home', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia
Art gallery Of New South Wales
Flinders University Art Collection
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