Joylene Napangardi Reid

Joylene Napangardi Reid

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DOB: 1972
Born: Haasts Bluff, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Ngaanyatjarra/Luritja

Joylene Reid Napangardi is a Pintupi woman from Tjukurla Community in Western Australia.

Coming from an artistic lineage, Joylene's parents are Walangkura Napurrula and Kalara Tjapangarti. After growing up at the Ikuntji settlement of Haasts Bluff, in 1981 Joylene returned from the community to Tjukurla, eventually settling there some years later, after moving between Tjukurla and Kintore.

Joylene's works are primarily 'Women's Tingari' depictions of her country and the sacred women's sites between the communities of Kintore and Kiwirkurra in the Western Desert of Central Australia. Her people would conduct important ceremonies at these sites and tell stories of travelling ancestors who would gather at these sites to rest, sing and dance in the past. Joylene's choice of colours usually represent the more traditional pigments used for ground designs and body decoration. Her sense of design and movement shows the close association between painted images and the physical landscape.


  • Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 60 by 60 - Small Paintings, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2019 Defining Tradition: the first wave & its disciples, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney