Makinti Napanangka: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

Makinti Napanangka (c. 1930 – 9 January 2011) was a Pintupi-speaking Indigenous Australian performer from Australia’s Western Desert region. She was referred to posthumously as Kumentje. The term Kumentje was used then again of her personal publicize as it is up to standard among many native communities not to speak to to deceased people by their indigenous given names for some era after their deaths. She lived in the communities of Haasts Bluff, Papunya, and later at Kintore, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) north-east of the Lake MacDonald region where she was born, on the be next to of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Makinti Napanangka began painting Contemporary Indigenous Australian art at Kintore in the mid-1990s, encouraged by a community art project. Interest in her play in developed quickly, and she is now represented in most significant Australian public art galleries, including the National Gallery of Australia. A finalist in the 2003 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, Makinti won the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award in 2008. Her pretend was shown in the major indigenous art exhibition Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Working in synthetic polymer on linen or canvas, Makinti’s paintings primarily accept as their subjects a rockhole site, Lupul, and an original story (or “dreaming”) about two sisters, known as Kungka Kutjarra. She was a zealot of the Papunya Tula Artists Cooperative, but her do something has been described as more spontaneous than that of her fellow Papunya Tula artists.

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