Molly Napaltjarri Jugadai

Molly Napaltjarri Jugadai

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DOB: 1954 - 2011
Born: Haasts Bluff, NT
LANGUAGE GROUP: Pintupi/Luritja
COMMUNITY: Haasts Bluff, NT

Maluya Jugadai (Molly) is the eldest daughter of Narputta Nangala.

Maluya was instrumental in the establishement of Ikuntji Art Centre in 1992 and has been a staunch supporter and practising artist at the studio ever since.

Maluya was born under a Ngalta tree about three kilometres west of the existing Haasts Bluff community in 1954, shortly after the establishment of the mission community of the period.

A Napaltjarri skin woman, Maluya in her first decade of artistry initially painted the story of the "Napaltjarri Children (or Sisters)" who came in space ships to earth thousands of years ago.They represent the first people on earth. The children travel the country every night seeking dew and mungari amid the vegetation of the desert.

Due to illness her mother, Narputta, has granted Molly permission to paint the story of the massive saltlake, Kaarkurutintya (Lake MacDonald), which is the sacred country of Narputta.

Surrounded by tali, or sand hills, the lake is mostly depicted during the dry season, but is sometimes painted as it appears after heavy rains.

Molly sadly passed away in 2011.

Awards and Recognition

2008 Desertmob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs - Finalist
2007 Desertmob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs - Finalist
2006 Desertmob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs - Finalist
2004 Desertmob, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs - Finalist

History

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 My Mother's Story, Gondwana Gallery, Sydney
2004 My Grandmother's Dreaming, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2009 Ikuntji Icons, ArtMob, Hobart
2009 Land and Mythology - Art of the Western Desert, Artequity, Sydney
2008 Ikuntji Women Painters, Kingsfisher Gallery, Perth
2008 Palya Art @ Mary Place, Sydney
2008 Divas of the Desert, Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs & Sydney
2008 Ikuntji Painters, Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane
2008 Desert Stories: 2008, Artitja Fine Art, Perth
2008 Ikuntji Artists, Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi Contemporary Fine Art, London
2008 Ikuntji Now, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2008 Yungkiya & Kulunypa - Old & New, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2008 Ikuntji Show, QDos Gallery, Lorne
2007 Short St Gallery, Broome
2007 Na´ve Show, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2007 Ngankirritja, Indigenart, Perth
2007 Yaiti Yamimi, Bandigan Gallery, Sydney
2007 Palya @ Mary Place, Palya Art, Darwin/Sydney
2007 Ikuntji Senior Women, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Where the Wild Flowers Grow, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2007 Palya Art, Melbourne
2007 Australia Dreaming Art, Melbourne
2007 Divas of the Desert, Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs
2007 Booker Lowe Gallery, Texas, USA
2006 Red Dot Gallery, Singapore, "Anangu"
2005 Concord, Framed Gallery, Darwin
2005 Strata, Araluen Arts Cenbtre, Alice Springs
2005 Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2005 Indigenart, Perth
2005 Desert Divas, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2004 Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2004 Indigenart, Perth
2004 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2004 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London