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Polly Nelson Ngale

AKA Polly Ngal/ Kngale

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- 2017 Market Rank

  • Born: 1936

  • Region: Central Desert, NT
  • Community: Utopia
  • Language: Anmatyerre

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Polly (Poly) Ngale was born in 1940 into the Anmatyarre tribe. Polly Ngale now lives at Camel Camp on Utopia with her family and sisters, Kathleen Ngale, Maisy Ngale and Angeline Pwerl.

Polly began her artistic career in batik in the early late 1970s, like many of the women in Utopia, before venturing into painting with acrylic paints on canvas. Polly often assisted her sister Kathleen and also the late Emily Kngwarrey with whom she shared the same country. Together with her sisters, Polly is a senior custodian of the Bush Plum Dreaming.

Polly depicts the Bush Plum and its effects on her country. She often depicts the topography in shades of reds, oranges and yellows reflecting the varying seasonal palette.Like her sister Kathleen she builds up layer upon layer of colour creating a multi-dimensional effect to reveal the Bush Plum Ankwety - and her country - Alparra in all its glory.

“Polly’s work is the most sensual and loose of the three, echoing Emily's magical touch in her layering of color to create a rich atmospheric surface, which is very alive, suffused with color and movement, and redolent of the natural cycles of her totem — the bush plum. Polly has a delicacy of touch reminiscent of the very fine batik work the women were doing there in the 80’s. He's is very much the work of an older woman, that magic in the blending of underdotting and overdotting, loose, natural, and sensual.”

Collection: The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth.

Group Exhibitions:
2008 - Emily Kngwarreye and her Legacy, featuring the following artists: Abie Kemarre Loy, Emily Kngwarreye, Gladdy Kemarre, Gloria Petyarre, Kathleen Ngal, Kathleen Petyarre, Lily Lion Kngwarrey, Minnie Pwerle, Poly Ngal, Sarah Morton Kngwarrey, presented by Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney at Art Front Gallery, Hillside Terrace, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
2008 - Visions of Utopia, featuring the following artists: Angelina Ngal, Billy Benn Perrurle, Cowboy Loy Pwerl, Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarrey, Elizabeth Mpetyan, Gladdy Kemarr, Jean Kngwarrey, Kathleen Ngal, Maisy Petyarr, Nancy Kunoth Petyarr Petyarr, Pansy Petyarr McLeod, Poly Ngal, Ruby Morton Kngwarrey, Trudy Raggett at Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney.
2003 - 20th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
2000 - Arts d'Australie, Arts d'Australie, Stephane Jacob / Espace Mezzo - Avenue des Champs-Elysees, Paris.; 2000 Arts d'Australie, Arts d'Australie, Stephane Jacob / Air France, Paris.
1990, 'Utopia - A Picture Story,' an exhibition of 88 works on silk from the Holmes a Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland.
1989, Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S. H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney.
    
Bibliography:     Brody, A., 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth. (C) ; Brody, A., 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth. (C)

Profile References

Discovery Media. current. NATSIVAD. Melbourne. Documentation Pty Ltd.

Sites

Subjects

Wild Plum, Conkleberry

Medium

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Linen and Canvas

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
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AIAM100 Rating
0.0000
Sold/Offered
38/76
Clearance Rate
50%
Average Price
$2,020
Total Price
$76,741
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Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2017

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

Bush Plum Country (2006)

sale price: $9,760.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne  lot: 240 date: 23/07/2014
199 x 119 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
2

Bush Plum Dreaming, 2003

sale price: $9,600.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 10 date: 30/05/2006
183 x 137 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
3

Flowers of My Country, 2003

sale price: $9,150.00
auction: Bonhams, Sydney  lot: 206 date: 06/09/2015
155 x 155 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
4

My Country

sale price: $4,629.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 12 date: 18/05/2017
122 x 121.5 cm Acrylic on canvas
5

I) Untitled 2004; II) Untitled 2003 (Pair)

sale price: $4,629.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 366 date: 26/02/2017
122 x 122 cm; 156 x Acrylic on linen
6

Bush Plum

sale price: $2,332.00
auction: Lawsons, Sydney  lot: 570 date: 29/09/2016
200 x 150 cm Acrylic on canvas
7

Bush Flowers

sale price: $2,124.00
auction: Philips Auctions Australia, Melbourne  lot: 31 date: 27/07/2014
150 x 150 cm Acrylic on canvas
8

Bush Plum Dreaming 2004

sale price: $1,949.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 368 date: 26/02/2017
149 x 90 cm Acrylic on linen
9

Bush Plums

sale price: $1,841.00
auction: Lawsons, Sydney  lot: 611 date: 26/03/2015
200 x 150 cm Acrylic on canvas (unstretched)
10

Bush Plums

sale price: $1,718.00
auction: Lawsons, Sydney  lot: 570 date: 11/02/2016
201 x 155 cm Acrylic on canvas (unstretched)

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