Born: Mount Doreen Station, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Warlpiri
COMMUNITY: Yuendumu, NT
Jeanie Napangardi Lewis was born around 1950 on Mount Doreen Station, an extensive cattle-breeding property in the Northern Territory of Australia. Her traditional country, Mina Mina, is close to Mount Doreen Station and to the west of Yuendumu (an Aboriginal community that lies 290 km to the northwest of Alice Springs). After living in or near Mina Mina, Jeanie's family moved to Yuendumu and then to Nyirrpi, where Jeanie has now lived for many years.
Jeanie began painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation in Yuendumu in 2005. She paints her Dreaming stories; the one that features constantly is Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming), depicting the trees, birds and bush potatoes that surround the waterholes of her country (Mina Mina).
Jeanie has two sisters, Valerie and Phyllis, a son, Eric, and a daughter, Minnie Napangardi. Her husband, Mickey Jampijinpa Singleton, is an artist who also paints with Warlukurlangu Artists.
Jeanie continues to paint through the art centre whenever she visits Yuedumu from Nyirripl or when the centre drops off canvas and paint for artists in Nyirripi.
Biography Courtesy of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation