Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri
1948 (Haasts Bluff)
Language group: Warlpiri
Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri was born around 1948 in Haasts Bluff, west of Alice Springs. She grew up in Haasts Bluff, but when she was older, her family moved to Papunya where she was educated. Together with her husband, painter Jack Kunti Kunti Tjampitjinpa, Ngoia later moved to Kintore. After 5 years they moved again to Mount Liebig, where she still lives today.
Ngoia started painting in 1997. Her paintings depict the areas, mostly around Mount Liebig, that first belonged to her father and are now her brother’s traditional lands. This is the area where her father hunted in the past.
The oval shapes in Ngoia’s paintings are iconographic representations of the swamps and lakes near Nyrripi (Talarada), north west of Mount Liebig. According to the Tingari stories, this region is changed with the spiritual presence of the "water snake," which lives beneath the surface. Ngoia depicts the wet and dry characteristics of the country, like swamps, lakes and spinifex (grass). The dots in the painting represent the evaporating water and the cracks that are formed in the ground as a result.
In 2006, Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri was honoured with the most prestigious prize in aboriginal art, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) for a representation of Talarada.
Birnberg, Margo; Janusz Kreczmanski (2004), Aboriginal Artist Dictionary of Biographies: Australian Western, Central Desert and Kimberley Region, Marleston, South Australia: J.B. Publishing. p. 219.
2006 Winner Telstra Award, Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra