Ngoia Napaltjarri Also Known As: Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri Born: 10/07/1947 Region: Western Desert Community: Haasts Bluff Outstation: Mt Liebig Language: Luritja / Warlpiri Local group: Luritja / Warlpiri clan Subjects: Water snake and the swampy landscape in which it dwells. Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linenAwards:
2011 - Papunya Tula artists ? Community III, at Utopia Art Sydney.
2011 - Parcours des Mondes, Paris, France.
2010 - Papunya Tula Artists Community, Utopia Art, Sydney.
2010 - Art Elysees, Arts d'Australie, Stephane Jacob, Paris, France.
2010 - Emerging Elders, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
2008 - Lineart, Arts d'Australie, Stephane Jacob, Gens, Belgium.
2008 - Parcours des Mondes, Paris, France.
2006 - 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; New works by Wentja Napaltjarri and Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri, Neil Murphy Indigenous Art in Association with Watiyawanu Artists, Mt. Liebig present on exhibition at Depot II Gallery, Sydney.
Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri was born in Haasts Bluff, a daughter of Angoona Nangala and Jim Tjungurrayi. (Please view Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri Curriculum Vitae page 219 Australian Encyclopedia Aboriginal Artists dictionary of biographies) Her husband (deceased) Jack Tjampijinpa Pollard was a very important artist painting for Papunya Tula Artists community. Ngoia mostly works for the Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrngu Corporation and has special custodianship responsibilities for her country and will often fly by helicopter on business with the North Territory Land Council. In 2004 Ngoia received the First Prize in the Advocate Central Australian Award.
She paints her father country, which is sacred Walpiri territory associated with narratives to the 'water snake'. The oval shapes in her paintings are iconographic representation of the swamps and lakes near Nyrripi (Talarada) North West of Mount Liebig where Ngoia lives. She depicts the wet and dry characteristics of the country. This region is changed with the spiritual presence of the 'water snake', which lives beneath the surface. This is the area where her father was hunting in the past.