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Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri

Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri (b c. 1948-1922) was born in the Haasts Bluff region of the Northern Territory, approximately 227kms west of Alice Springs.

Western desert artists such as Ngoia frequently paint a particular dreaming, or stories, for which they have personal responsibility or custodial rights. Many of Ngoia’s works relate to the region of “Yamunturrngu” – Mount Liebig, in the country to the west of Haasts Bluff, her father’s country. Her works are often characterised by the use of oval shapes representing swamps and lakes. Ngoia uses a muted colour palette of mostly black, white and red.

She began painting in 1997 and has won several major art prizes, including the 2004 Advocate Central Australian Art Award and the 2006 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for her painting “Swamps West of Nyrippi”.

Her works are held in many major private and public collections, including the Thomas Vroom Collection and the National Gallery of Australia.