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Makinti Napanangka, Kintore
, 2001

by Hari Ho

type C photograph (sheet: 101.5 cm x 76.0 cm, image: 73.6 cm x 58.3 cm)

Makinti Napanangka (c. 1930-2011), painter, was one of the leading artists of the Western Desert. A Pintupi language speaker, she was born in the Karrkurritinytja (Lake MacDonald) region of the Western Desert, far west of Alice Springs. She and her family walked in to Haasts Bluff in the 1940s; having lived in Papunya, they moved to Kintore in the 1980s. Starting to paint in acrylics in 1994, Makinti painted regularly with the Papunya Tula artists’ cooperative from 1996. The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria both bought paintings by her in 1997, and she was represented in the major exhibition Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius in 2000. Ranked as one of the country’s ‘most collectable’ artists from 2003 to 2006, she won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2008. Now, Makinti’s paintings - characterised by rough patterns of pale lines, invoking women's body paint, spun hair string skirts and groups dancing, across an orange or ochre coloured ground with bursts of pink, blue-mauve and yellow - are to be found in all major Australian galleries.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased with funds from the Basil Bressler Bequest 2004
Accession number: 2004.7