Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka

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DOB: c.1930 - 2011
Born: Lake MacDonald, WA
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pintupi
COMMUNITY: Kintore, NT


Makinti Napanangka was a senior Pintupi woman, born in the area of Karrkurritinyja (Lake Macdonald) around 1930. Her first contact with Europeans was with men travelling on camels near Lupul. She walked in with her family to Haasts Bluff before the Papunya Community was established and now resides at the Kintore Community. She was introduced to acrylic painting in 1995 as a member of the Haasts Bluff-Kintore painting project conducted at Kintore. She commenced painting for the Papunya Tula Artists in 1996, but had already painted with acrylics on canvas during the Kintore and Haasts Bluff project in 1993/1994 and quickly developed her own style. Her art is characterised by a more spontaneous approach in illustrating the traditional iconography than that done by previous artists painting at Papunya.
Makinti and her husband, Nyukiti Tjupurrula Makinti, often painted designs associated with travels of Kungka Kutjarra (Two Women). The patterning that feature in her paintings represent the swirling hair-string skirts worn by the Two Women during ceremonies when they reaffirm these mythological stories through dance and song, evident in the flowing rhythms of the lines.

These skirts are woven by the women from human hair using a simple spindle made of two sticks and are shown as a complex pattern of pale lines over an orange or ochre-coloured background then set off with contrasting colours, often mauve or bright yellow highlights. The works are cheerful and free flowing, intensified at times by the addition of a stray grey-blue line or a patch of crimson, red or purple.

Makinti was not concerned with neatness, or the painstaking 'dot by dot' approach of others. Her bands of lines from the sweeping arcs, creating patterns that twist and bend. She was very different even to her Pintupi contemporaries. The impact of her work is haptic, concerned with touching and sensing with fingers, rather than purely visual. The repetition of colour has a rhapsodic effect akin to many bodies in dance and reveals the inner or spiritual power, the essence, of Makinti's country and cultural identity. Makinti distills body-painting designs to their quintessential forms, abundant and looping in rhythm and seeming to stretch beyond the frame.

Makinti Napanangka was one of the leading female artists of the Papunya Tula artists. Her work is highly sought after and is represented in major public and private collections. She was named as one of the 50 Most Collectable Australian artists in Australian Art Collector Issue 23, January - March 2003, Issue 27, January - March 2004 and again in Issue 31, January - March 2005. She has been described by Utopia Art's director as the Central Desert's "best painter since Emily (Kngwarreye), with no living match in her painterly freedom, and her fearless blend of naive and sophisticated elements".


Collections

  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • Macquarie Bank Collection
  • Shell Aboriginal Art Fund Collection
  • The Henderson Family Collection, Sydney
  • Owen Wagner Collection of Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Dr Peter Elliot Collection, Sydney
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • The Luczo Family Collection, USA

Awards and Recognition

2011 Appointed Member of the Order of Australia
2010 Alice Prize, Alice Springs - Finalist
2010 Western Australian Art Prize - Finalist
2009 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Finalist
2008 25th NATSIAA - Winner
2006 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2005 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2004 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW - Finalist
2004 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2003 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2001 18th NATSIAA - Finalist
1997 14th NATSIAA - Finalist

History


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2003 Makinti Napanangka - A Painter, Utopia Art, Sydney
2002 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2001 Makinti Napanangka - New Paintings, Utopia Art, Sydney
2000 New Vision, Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019 Reverence, DíLan Davidson, Sydney
2019 Desert Painters of Australia, Larry Gagosian Gallery, New York, USA - from the Steve Martin & Anne Springfield Collections and Kluge-Ruhe Collection of the University of Virginia, USA
2015 Wynners, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2011 Up Close and Personal: works from the collection of Dr Peter Elliott AM, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2009 Size Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 Mythology & Reality: Contemporary Aboriginal Art From The Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, VIC
2008 Black & White: Inspired by Landscapes, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2005 Pintupi Women, Indigenart, Perth
2005 Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2005 New Ideas, Utopia Art, Sydney
2005 Luminous - Contemporary Art From The Australian Desert, Manly Art Gallery And Museum, Sydney
2005 Celebrating 20 Years, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, travelling exhibition, Wollongong City Gallery
2005 Celebrating 20 Years, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, travelling exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery
2004 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2004 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2004 Pintupi Art 2004, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2004 Papunya Tula Artists, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004 Mythology & Reality, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2004 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2004 Ma Yungu/Pass It On, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2004 Depth Of Field - Anamorphosis, Utopia Art, Sydney
2004 Colour Power - Aboriginal Art Post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2004 Celebrating 20 Years, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, travelling exhibition, National Archives of Australia, Canberra
2004 Celebrating 20 Years, Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, travelling exhibition, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2004 All About Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2004 Aboriginal Art 2004, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2003 Recent Paintings By The Women Artists Of Kintore And Kiwirrkura, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2003 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2003 Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Perth
2003 Pintupi Art 2003, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2003 Papunya Tula Selected Paintings, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2003 Masterpieces From The Western Desert, Gavin Graham Gallery, London
2003 Framed Gallery, Darwin
2003 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2003 Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2003 20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin
2002 William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2002 Spring Exhibition 2002, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2002 Saluting Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2002 Pintupi Menís and Womenís Stories, Indigenart, Perth
2002 Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2002 Paintings From Our Country, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2002 Next Generation - Aboriginal Art 2002. Art House Gallery, Sydney
2002 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2002 Art Born Of The Western Desert, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2002 19th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin
2001 Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Comunidad de Madrid touring exhibition, Spain.
2001 Size Doesn't Matter, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2001 Papunya Tula 30th Anniversary Exhibition', Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2001 Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, FL, USA.
2001 Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2001 Indigenart, Perth
2001 Dreamtime-Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Essl Collection, Vienna
2001 Dreamscapes-Contemporary Desert Art, Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark
2001 Desert Flowering, Manawatu Art Gallery, North Island, New Zealand.
2001 Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide
2001 Aboriginal Art 2001, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne
2001 Aborigena, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turino, Italy.
2001 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin
2000 Utopia Art, Sydney
2000 Pintupi Women, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
2000 Papunya - Tula Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2000 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2000 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2000 Framed Gallery, Darwin
1999 Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1998 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1998 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1998 15th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin
1998 14th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne
1998 14th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise
1997 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
1997 Museums & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1997 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1996 Utopia Art, Sydney
1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
1996 Museums & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin