Angelina Ngale

Angelina Ngale

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DOB: c. 1947
Born: Utopia Station, NT

Angelina Ngale lives with her sisters Kathleen and Polly, and extended family at Camel Camp
near Three Bores in Utopia, located 240km North East of Alice Springs. As with her sisters, Angelina began producing batiks in the 1980’s. She also had skills in producing wooden sculptures, influenced by her late husband and the older brother of Cowboy Loy Pwerl, Louis Pwerl. She was formerly known as Angelina Pwerl (her husband’s name). Pwerl in Alyawarr language is the equivalent to Ngal(e) in the Anmatyerr language, and it is as Angelina Ngal(e) that she is referred to today.

Angelina began painting as part of the CAAMA 'Summer Project' in 1988 - 1989, and was included in the first exhibition of Utopia women’s paintings held in Alice Springs. Along with her sisters Polly and Kathleen, Angelina is a senior custodian and shares great responsibility as a keeper of the cultural knowledge for their country Arlparra, located in the heart of Utopia. Angelina paints her grandfather’s country 'Arlparra'.


  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton VIC
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Awards and Recognition

2008 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney - Finalist


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 From Little Things Big Things Grow, Kluge-Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
2017 Sacred Marks, JGM Gallery, London
2009 Utopia - Bush Plum & Other Delicacies, Honey Ant Gallery, Noosa
2009 Utopia Group Exhibition, DACOU, Melbourne
2008 Utopia Revisited, NG Art Gallery, Sydney