acrylic on canvas
153 x 122 cm
Papunya Tula Artists, NT
Private Collection, Sydney
Wintjiya Napaltjarri (born between ca. 1923 to 1934) is a Pintupi-speaking Indigenous artist from Australia’s Western Desert region.
Wintjiya’s involvement in contemporary Indigenous Australian art began in 1994 at Haasts Bluff, when she participated in a group painting project and in the creation of batik fabrics. She has also been a printmaker, using drypoint etching. Her paintings typically use an iconography that represents the eggs of the flying ant (waturnuma) and hair-string skirts (nyimparra). Her palette generally involves strong
black against a white background.
A finalist in the 2007 and 2008 National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
Works by Wintjiya are held in major private collections such as Nangara (also known as the Ebes Collection). Her work has been acquired by several major public art institutions including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and the National Gallery of Victoria. Internationally, her work is held in the Aboriginal Art Museum at Utrecht in the Netherlands, and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia.
In 2018 Wintjiya’s work was included in the exhibition Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia at The Phillips Collection.
Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia