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Betsy Napangardi Lewis

2007
Greg Weight

inkjet print on cotton rag paper, edition A/P (image: 45.0 cm x 36.2 cm, sheet: 59.4 cm x 42.0 cm)

Betsy Napangardi Lewis (c. 1940–2008) was born at Kunajarryi, west of Yuendumu, Northern Territory and became a noted Warlpiri artist across the course of her career. As a child, Lewis moved to Mount Doreen Station and attended the Yuendumu School. She lived in Yuendumu for the rest of her life, splitting her time between there and the neighbouring community of Nyirripi. Known to be a strong woman who possessed a confrontational nature, Lewis began painting in the 1990s and in 1999 transitioned to painting full-time for Warlukurlangu Artists, an arts centre based in Yuendumu. A prolific artist and a hard worker, Lewis would paint at the art centre each day, developing her unique style and experimenting with new techniques. Her main dreaming was Mina Mina, which was the focus of much of her work that featured movement through abstraction and colour. During her career Lewis exhibited extensively in group exhibitions across Australia.

Gift of Patrick Corrigan AM 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
© Gregory Weight/Copyright Agency, 2021

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Artist and subject

Greg Weight (age 61 in 2007)

Betsy Napangardi Lewis (age 67 in 2007)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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