JUDY NAPANGARDI WATSON

(C.1935 – 2016)

Judy Watson Napangardi was born around 1935 at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, at the time when many Warlpiri and other Central and Western Desert Peoples were living a traditional nomadic life. With her family Judy made many trips on foot back to (and lived for long periods at) Mina Mina and Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts.

These places are rich in bush tucker such as wanakiji (bush plums), yakajirri (bush tomatoes), and wardapi (sand goanna). Though a very tiny woman Judy had ten children to a husband she was a co-wife to, together with Maggie and another sister. It was in this harsh and challenging environment, with many mouths to feed that her family was brought up.

Judy was taught painting by her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson. She painted alongside Maggie at Warlukurlangu artists for a number of years, developing her own unique style. Most of her works depict Mina Mina or Dreamings connected to it: Karnta (Women), Kanakurlangu (Digging Stick), Ngalyipi (Snake Vine), Yunkaranyi (Honey Ant), Jintiparnta (Native Truffle) and hair belt.

COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1990 July, Darwin Performing Arts Centre, Darwin.
December, I.U.N.C. (showing at Hilton Hotel), Perth.
December, ‘Women’s Exhibition’. The Women’s Gallery, Melbourne.
1991 September, Darwin Performing Arts Centre, Darwin.
1992 January, The Long Gallery, Hobart.
November, Hogarth Gallery of Dreams, Sydney.
1993 April, Adelaide Town Hall, (in association with The Pacific Arts Symposium).
July, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.
August, Northern Territory Art Award, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs.
September, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.
October, CINAFE (Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition), U.S.A.
1994 January, Armstrong Gallery, Florida.
June, “Echoes of the Dreamtime”, Osaka, Japan.
1995 March, SOFA, Miami, U.S.A.
October, SOFA, Chicago, U.S.A.
November, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.
1997 November, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney.
1998 January, Art Gallery “Culture Store” Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
March, ‘A Thousand Journeys’, Tin Shed Gallery, University of Sydney.
April, ‘Kurrawarri – Kirli’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
June, Framed Gallery, Darwin.
July, Desert Designs, Perth.
1999 March, International Women’s Day Exhibition, Watch This Space, Alice Springs.
July, Desert Mob Show, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs.
October, ‘Mina Mina’, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney.
2000 May, “jangku yinyi”, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Melbourne.
May, Beaver Galleries, Canberra.
July, Shell Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle.
July, Kurawari, Desart Gallery, Sydney.
September, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne.
October, “Marking the Paper”, Desart Gallery, Sydney.
October, ‘Journey to the North West’, Palya Art, Sydney.
October, ‘Wayuta’, The Desart Janganpa Gallery, Alice Springs.
2002 January, ‘Warlukurlangu Artists Cooperative of Yuendumu’, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seatlle USA.
March, ‘New Works from Warlukurlangu’ Indigenart, Perth WA.
April, ‘Warlukurlangu Artists Cooperative of Yuendumu’ One Union Square Lobby, Seattle, USA.
July, ‘New Paintings from Yuendumu’ Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London April, Indigenart Perth.
July, ‘Warlukurlangu Collection’ Parliament House, Canberra.
September, Onshore Art Barwon Heads Victoria.
December, Bellas Gallery, Brisbane.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Australian National University Crossing Cultures: Art from the Boxer Collection. ANU, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra 2000.
Morphy, H. ‘Aboriginal Art’, Phaidon Press Limited, London,1998.
Morphy, H. and Boles, M.S. (eds.) ‘Art from the land’ University of Virginia Press, Virginia, U.S.A., 1999.
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