The Windmill and the Witch DoctorNew paintings by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri
Winner of the General Painting Award 2006
Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award
28 September to 28 October 2006
Please join us for the exhibition opening, Thursday 28 September 6-8pm,
Artist floor talk Saturday 30 September 2-5pmwith thanks to MARINEBERG Wines
Linda Syddick was taught to paint by Shorty Lungkarta, Nosepeg Tjupurrula and Uta Uta Tjangala in the late 1970’s.
Rising to prominence in the mid 1980’s with a series of paintings that fused Christian stories with Aboriginal tradition, Linda’s innovative paintings linked her religious beliefs to her extensive knowledge of the Dreaming and touched upon universal themes executed in a traditional Pintupi style.
During the 1990’s she explored her fascination with the movie character ET. These works were formed by her sympathy with the character’s longing to return home, just as her own ancestral creator spirits return to the Dreaming in her own traditional cosmology.
This exhibition features her most recent work in which Linda returns to more traditional themes concerning the travels of the Tingari and Emu men, and images of her country around lake MacKay where the Pintupi used to camp and gather for ceremonies.
Linda Syddick was selected as a finalist in Australian Perspecta 1993. In 1995 she was awarded Winner of the Northern Territory Art Award and was runner-up in the Heritage Art Award. Syddick has been a four time finalist in the Blake Prize and most recently has won the August 2006 General Painting Award at the 23rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards having been a finalist on no less than 8 previous occasions.