This is Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri

By Gwylym Owen

Daisy Jugadai Napaltjarri (c. 1955 – 2008) was a Pintupi-Luritja-speaking Indigenous artist from Australia’s Western Desert region, and sister of artiste Molly Jugadai Napaltjarri. Daisy Jugadai lived and painted at Haasts Bluff, Northern Territory. There she played a significant role in the creation of Ikuntji Women’s Centre, where many artists of the region have worked.

Influenced by the Hermannsburg School, Jugadai’s paintings reflect her Tjuukurrpa, the perplexing spiritual knowledge and interaction between her and her landscape. The paintings next reflect Good observation of the structures of the vegetation and environment. Jugadai’s works were chosen for exhibition at the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards five times between 1993 and 2001, and she was a section winner in 2000. Her paintings are held in major collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

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