Dorothy Napangardi is an Internationally renowned Australian artist. A Warlpiri woman from Pikilyi, she paints her country and her Dreamings of this remote area, 380 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Her works have featured in exhibitions right throughout Australia, Europe and America, and she is regarded as one of the leading artists of the Australian Aboriginal art movement. Born in the early 1950’s, Dorothy grew up in the community of Yuendumu where her father is a senior lawman. She has five daughters and four grandchildren who live in Yuendumu and Alice Springs. Two of her daughters are artists – Julie Nangala Robinson and Sabrina Nangala Robinson, whose works were shown in an exhibition 2004 along with Dorothy, titled “Ngati Jinta (One Mother)” in Sydney.

Dorothy was first introduced to painting in 1987 when she moved to Alice Springs, by her friend and wonderful artist, the late Eunice Napangardi. An early work (1993) of Yuparli – Bush Banana – is a good example of Eunice’s encouragement to the younger artist. Dorothy now paints her country, Mina Mina in distinctive style, some works featuring simplistic black and white linear patterns with fine infill dotting, and others introducing subtle colouring throughout the painting. She portrays her land and Jukurrpa (Dreaming in particular associated with the country, travelling and the perpetuation of life) with intricate patterning and ever changing perspective.

Dorothy’s paintings are highly sought after by both collectors and galleries worldwide. She was immediately noticed and acclaimed when her early artworks were first shown. In 1991 she won the Best Painting in European Media, 8th National Aboriginal Art Award; in 1998 the Northern Territory Art Award; and she was “Highly Commended” for the 16th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award in 1999. In 2001 Dorothy won the 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award with her spectacular black and white painting titled, “Salt on Mina Mina”.

Dorothy’s paintings are included in the most prestigious museums, galleries, institutions and collections throughout the World.

Dorothy now resides in Alice Springs where she paints full time.

Selected Awards

1991
• Museums and Art Galleries Award (Best painting in European media), National Aboriginal Art Award, Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences, Darwin

1999
• Highly Commended, 16th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin

2001
• First Prize, 18th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin


Selected Collections

• Artbank, Sydney
• Art Gallery of South Australia
• Linden Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
• Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory
• National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
• National Gallery of Victoria
• Queensland Museum
• South Australian Festival Centre Foundation
• The Australia Council Collection, Sydney
• The Erskine Collection, NSW
• The Homesglen Institute of TAFE Collection, Victoria
• The Kaplan-Levi Collection, Seattle, USA.
• The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, LA, USA.
• The Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, WA
• The Vroom Collection, The Netherlands

Selected Exhibitions

2006
• Dorothy Napangardi, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

2005
• Mina Mina Country, Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco

2004
• Ngati Jinta (One Mother), Gallery Gondwa at the Depot Gallery, Sydney

2003
• Collectors Show, Gallery Gondwana at The Depot Gallery, Sydney
• Dancing Up Country; the work of Dorothy Napangardi – Museum of Contemporary Art, MCA, Sydney

2002
• Dorothy Napangardi and Sabrina Nangala, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
• Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art, National Travelling Exhibition, Gurang Land Council (Aboriginal Corporation)
• Kana-kurlangu, Dorothy Napangardi, Gallery Gondwana at The Depot Gallery, Sydney
• Indecorous Abstraction – Contemporary Women Painters, Gallery AIT ARTS, Adelaide

2001
• Dorothy Napangardi, New Paintings, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
• Mina Mina Dorothy Napangardi, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
• Masterworks, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
• Country After Rain, Framed Gallery, Darwin
• Land of Diversity, The Northern Territory, at Hogarth Galleries, Paddington
• Dreamtime-The Light and the Dark, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Vienna, Austria
• 31st Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
• The Art of Place Exhibition, Australian Heritage Commission, Old Parliament House, Canberra

2000
• Songlines: Walala Tjapaltjarri and Dorothy Napangardi, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK and Adelaide Festival, Gallery Australis, SA
• Recent Paintings by Dorothy Napangardi, Vivian Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
• Dorothy Napangardi, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
• 5th National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra

1999
• Recent works by Dorothy Napangardi, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
• My Country – Journey of our Ancestors, Ancient Earth Indigenous Art, Cairns
• The Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
• Treading Softly, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
• Recent works by Dorothy Napangardi and Walala Tjapaltjarri, Vivian Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
• Painting the Desert, Alliance Francaise de Canberra and French Embassy, Canberra

1998
• Warlpiri Women, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
• Northern Territory Art Award, Alice Springs
• Napangardi Dreaming – Ceremony and Song, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney