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".



AWARDS:
1997: 14th Telstra NATSIAA
2001: Finalist in 18th Telstra NATSIAA
2004: Finalist in the Wynne Prize, AGNSW
2008: Winner, 25th Telstra NATSIAA
2010, Finalist, WA Art Prize
2011: Appointed Member of the Order of Australia


Solo Exhibitions:

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


Selected Group Exhibitions:

1996: Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd. Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
1996: Museums & Art Galleries of the N.T. Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
1996: Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
1997: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1997: The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
1997: Museums & Art Galleries of the N.T. Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
1998: The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
1998: 14th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise Queensland, Australia.
1998: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1998: 14th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria
1998: 15th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
1998: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1998: Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1999: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1999: Moet & Chandon Touring Exhibition, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Victoria, Australia.
2000: Papunya Tula 'Genesis and Genius', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
2000: Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2000: Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2000: Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2000: 'Pintupi Women', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2000: Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2001: Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
2001: 'Art of the Pintupi', Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
2001: 'Aboriginal Art 2001', Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2001: 'Desert Flowering', Manawatu Art Gallery, North Island, New Zealand.
2001: 'Dreamscapes-Contemporary Desert Art', Mostings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
2001: 'Papunya Tula 30th Anniversary Exhibition', Chapman Gallery, Canberra,
ACT, Australia.
2001: Indigenart, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
2001: 'Pintupi Exhibition', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern
Territory, Australia.
2001: 18th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin,
Northern Territory, Australia.
2001: 'Kintore and Kiwirrkura', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia.
2001: 'Dreamtime-Contemporary Aboriginal Art', Essl Collection, Vienna,
Austria.
2001: 'Size Doesn't Matter', William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia.
2001: 'Aborigena', Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, Italy.
2001: 'Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art', Comunidad de Madrid
touring exhibition, Spain.
2002: 'Next Generation - Aboriginal Art 2002'. Art House Gallery, Sydney, New
South Wales, Australia.
2002: 'Paintings From Our Country', Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide,
South Australia, Australia.
2002: William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2002: 'Pintupi Mens' and Womens' Stories', Indigenart, Perth, Western
Australia, Australia.
2002: 'Art Born Of The Western Desert', Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2002: 'Saluting Papunya', Chapman Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
2002: 19th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, Northern Territory Australia.
2002: 'Spring Exhibition 2002', Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2002: 'Pintupi Artists', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2002: Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2003: 'Pintupi Art 2003', Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, South
Australia, Australia.
2003: 'Recent Paintings By The Women Artists Of Kintore And Kiwirrkura',
Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2003: 'Papunya Tula Selected Paintings', William Mora Galleries, Melbourne,
Victoria, Australia.
2003: 'Aboriginal Art 2003', Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia.
2003: 20th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, Northern Territory Australia.
2003: 'Pintupi Art From The Western Desert', Indigenart, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
2003: Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.
2003: 'Masterpieces From The Western Desert', Gavin Graham Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
2003: Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2003: 'Pintupi Artists', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2004: 'Pintupi Art 2004', Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
2004: 'Depth Of Field - Anamorphosis', Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2004: 'Celebrating 20 Years', Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, travelling exhibition, National Archives of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
2004: 'Papunya Tula Artists - 2004', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2004: 'All About Papunya', Chapman Gallery Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
2004: 'Aboriginal Art 2004', Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2004: 'Ma Yungu/Pass It On, Framed Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
2004: Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2004: Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2004: 'Pintupi Artists', Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
2004: 'Mythology & Reality', Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2004: 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art Post 1984', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne,Australia.
2004: 'Celebrating 20 Years', Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, travelling exhibition, RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2005: 'Pintupi Women', Indigenart, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
2005: 'New Ideas', Utopia Art Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2005: 'Celebrating 20 Years', Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, travelling exhibition, Wollongong City Gallery, New South Wales, Australia.
2005: 'Papunya Tula Artists', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2005: 'Celebrating 20 Years', Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, travelling exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
2005: 'Luminous - Contemporary Art From The Australian Desert', Manly Art Gallery And Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2008: Black & White: Inspired by Landscapes, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2009 Size Matters, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Major collections:

National Gallery of Victoria.
Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Queensland Art Gallery.
Museums & Art Galleries of the N.T.
Macquarie Bank Collection.
Shell Aboriginal Art Fund Collection.