Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri
Country: Mt Liebig, NT
: Ngoia Pollard is the winner of the prestigious 23rd Telstra award for painting which is held at Darwin's beautiful Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. It is considered the most important award for Indigenous artists in this country.
Ngoia began painting in 1997, painting her father's country, sacred Warlpiri territory associated with narratives relating to the Water snake. The oval shapes in Ngoia's paintings are iconographic representations of the swamps and lakes near Nyrripi (Talarada) North West of Mt. Liebig. Ngoia depicts the wet and dry characteristics of this country. This region is charged with the spiritual presence of the Water snake which live beneath the surface. This is the area where her father was hunting in the past. Ngoia has special custodianship responsibilities for this country and often flys by helicopter on business with the North Territory Land Council.
Utilizing these rhythmic oval shapes in horizontal bands, Ngoia's work is testament to her skilled observation. Her beautifully abstract style is rich in historical and cultural tradition whilst they record memories of the geography of the artists land and place.
In 2004 Ngoia received First Prize in the Advocate Central Australian Award.
Artwork by Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri
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