Walpiri, born c1956 Tanami Desert, Northern Territory
Dorothy Napangardi is considered one of the most experimental Aboriginal Australian artists currently working in Central Australia. In recent works she paints a women’s ceremonial site known as Mina Mina, the artist’s custodial country near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert, north of Yuendumu.
Her work has featured in exhibitions throughout Australia, as well as in Europe and North America. In 2001 she won the 18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for her painting Salt on Mina Mina. In 2002 her work was the subject of a major survey exhibition and publication produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Dancing Up Country: The work of Dorothy Napangardi. Her paintings are in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of South Australia, as well as in many regional and corporate collections in Australia and the United States of America. Dorothy Napangardi is based in Alice Springs.