Barbara Reid Napangardi
1964 (Mungurry, Western Australia)
Country: Kintore, Northern Territory
Language group: Ngaanyatjarra
Barbara Reid Napangarti was born around 1964 in the Tjukurla region of the Gibson Desert of Western Australia. Her language is Ngaanyatjarra.
Barbara began painting in 1987 with the Centre for Aboriginal Artists in Alice Springs. Barbara Reid depicts her traditional country with a distinctive personal style. Many of her paintings feature the puli (rock formations) and tali (valley's) of this country and tell women's ceremonial stories related to the formation of the natural environment around Tjukurla.
This area is dominated by expansive sand hills and rock holes containing water where bush foods are found. Essential to Barbara's work is the women's sacred stories (minyma stories) involving the role of the women as healers and providers in Ngaanyatjarra society.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia