Barbara Reid Napangardi
A trademark of Barbara’s works is her use of bright colours and thick layered paint, which is typical of the Kintore region. Like many Aboriginal paintings there are often a number of interrelated symbolic meanings, for Barbara that includes the natural environment, sacred sites, women’s rituals and ceremonies and also the meaning of women in Ngaanyatjarra society.
Barbara began painting in 1987 with the Centre for Aboriginal Artists in Alice Springs. She depicts her traditional country with a distinctive personal style; many of her painting feature the puli or rock formations and Tali of the country around Tjukurla. The artworks tell the story of women’s ceremonial rituals related to the formation of the environment around the homelands. The area is dominated by expansive sand hills and rock holes containing water where bush foods can be found. The Minyma stories or women’s stories involve the role of the women as healers and providers in Ngaanyatjarra society.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
University of Miami, Florida.
Richard Kelton Foundation.
Donald Kahn Collection, Lowe Art Museum, Florida.
Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
National Art Gallery of New Zealand.
Art Gallery of South Australia.
Queensland National Art Gallery.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Art Bank, Sydney.
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