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17 facts about Susie Bootja Bootja Napaltjarri

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By Gwylym Owen

Susie Bootja Bootja Napaltjarri (also referred to as Susie Bootja Bootja Napangardi,Napangarti, or Napangati) (c. 1935 – 16 January 2003) was an Indigenous player from Australia’s Western Desert region. Born south-west of Balgo, Western Australia, in the 1950s Susie Bootja Bootja married performer Mick Gill Tjakamarra, with whom she had a son, Matthew Gill Tjupurrula (also an artist).

Susie Bootja Bootja’s painting career followed the foundation of Warlayirti Artists, an Indigenous art middle at Balgo. One of the area’s strongest artists, her deed was characterised by an expressive style, and has been acquired by major Australian galleries, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Victoria. She died in 2003.

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