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Angelina Ngale Pwerle

120 Career Overall Rank

30 2016 Market Rank

  • Born: 1946

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

Angelina Ngal's works first appeared at auction in 2000 under the name she was formerly referred to, Angelina Pwerle. As one or two dealers, who represented her prior to linguist Jenny Green's revised nomenclature for Eastern Desert Artists (first introduced in 2005/6), market records for this artist can be confusing. She creates paintings for a number of dealers and galleries. Most importantly these include Don Holt at Delmore Downs, the adjoining property to the north of her outstation (Camel Camp); Mark Gooch, Tim Jennings' Mbantua Gallery; Bill Nutall's Niagara Gallery; and Lauraine Diggins' Fine Art Gallery.  All but Nutall now refer to her as Ngal. 

When an excellent rendition of her bush plum works sold for $6,325 in 2000 at Christies in Melbourne it established her secondary market profile. Measuring 177 x 176 cm this painting would be worth close to $30,000 today. By 2004 her auction record had risen to $14,000. This was once more set by set by Christies for a work of similar size. In just four years the unit price of her work had risen from $20/sq.cm to $46/sq.cm, a strong indication of her increasing reputation and the growing demand for her best works.

Her current auction record was set by Lawson~Menzies in 2007 for the magnificent 150 x 374 cm canvas Spring Flowers at Arlpara 2007, which was a featured lot in Lawson~Menzies November sale (Lot 23).  Its sale price of $38,400 reflected the fact that this Lauraine Diggins provenanced work had been strategically placed in the secondary market in order to underpin and firmly establish a benchmark for this increasingly important artist. In 2010 Deutscher & Hackett featured another magnificent example measuring 183 x 183 cm. this time carrying Niagara Gallery provenance. The work carried a presale estimate well below its $25,000 primary market value. Nevertheless the work sold for $17,400, a not entirely unsatisfactory result for the seller (who probably purchased it for a great deal less in 2000 when it was created), and a very nice pick up for the buyer. This work was displaced as her second highest record price in 2012 and dropped further to 4th by 2015 when Deutscher & Hackett's disbursal of a work carrying Delmore Gallery provenance measuring 122 x 92 cm from the Laverty Collection achieved a price of $18,000. Four of the 5 works on offer in 2015 sold and this was followed early in 2016 with the sale of four nice sculptural pieces by the artist which had been in the collection of Peter McMahon. In June that same year Mossgreen established the artist's 6th highest record with a lovely work sold from the Helen Reid collection.

Overall Angelina has had 72 works offered for sale at auction of which 45 have sold for a clearance rate of 63%. However this is an artist whose stocks are rising as she emerged during the period 2007-2011 as a leading artist from her region.  Both her success rate at auction and her average price (currently $5,217) are set to rise steeply as major works appear and begin to fill her top 10 results. This occurred in 2012 when two works entitled Bush Plum achieved $19,200 and $12,000 becoming her 2nd and 5th best results at auction at the time. Both were offered for sale by Bonham's which offered works from the superannuation fund of William Nuttall. Nutall, the owner of Niagara Gallery had represented the artist for many years, and his decision to dump his collection due to changes in the superannuation laws ensured quality works could be snapped up at a bargain price. In fact, six of the seven works on offer in 2012 sold for a total of $38,925, an average of just $6,487 per work. To date only seven results have been in excess of $10,000 and her 10th highest result is as low as $6,325.

Angelina's secondary market results are set to improve rapidly over the next three to four years. She is a talented and meticulous painter who has been given the opportunity to paint large scale works that have seen her regularly represented in the final selection of prestigious national art prizes. She is currently the120th most successful artist yet she was the 30th best performing artist in 2016. Her elevation into the top 100 is only a matter of time.

Angelina Ngale Pwerle - Untitled

Untitled
Sold by Lawson~Menzies, Sydney on 22/07/2003 for $4,113.00
Size: 184 x 122 cm

Angelina Ngale Pwerle - Bush Plum

Bush Plum
Sold by Christie's , Melbourne on 01/05/2000 for $6,325.00
Size: 176 x 177 cm

Angelina Ngale Pwerle - Bush Plum 2000

Bush Plum 2000
Sold by Lawson~Menzies, Sydney on 24/06/2009 for $6,300.00
Size: 150 x 121.5 cm

As with her sisters, Kathleen and Poly Ngal, Angelina began producing batiks in the mid 1980’s and wooden sculptures, probably influenced by her late husband, the older brother of Cowboy Loy Pwerl. She was formerly known as Angelina ‘Pwerl’, her husband’s name. Pwerl(e) in Alyawarr language is the equivalent to Ngal in the Anmatyerr language, and it is as Angelina Ngal that she is referred to today.  She began painting as part of the CAAMA ‘summer project’ in 1988-9 and, already at 40 years of age, was included in the first exhibiton of Utopia women’s paintings held in Alice Springs in 1980.

Angelina quickly adapted to painting on canvas and subsequently gained an international recognition. Her work can be seen as a contemporary dialogue or translation of the cultural, geographic, social and religious components of Anmatjerre life. Her intimate renditions of country are delicately layered and can be read and appreciated at a superficial level for their abstraction and painterliness. At a deeper level however, they depict the cultural and social mores of the society in which she lives.

Angelina paints her grandfather’s country, Arlparra. Many of her paintings depict the Bush Plum, which she represents through a focus of red dots into which she merges a variety of minutely and painstakingly rendered coloured dots ensuring that the tiny red dot is always centered, and clear. She has further extended her painting producing a range of exquisitely coloured compositions that maintain a layer of meaning related to the Bush Plum, in which points of geography, knowledge of places and memories of hunting or ceremonial business, result in a subtle and textured surface that hints to the viewer of an ethereal numinous landscape.

Following exhibitions with Niagara Gallery, her inclusion in the Sydney and Melbourne Art Fairs, and more recently during the last two years with Lauraine Diggins in Melbourne, interest in, and admiration for Angelina’s paintings has grown rapidly. She was a finalist in the 2008 Wynne Prize for Landscape painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and this was followed by her inclusion in the exhibition Emily Kgngwarreye and her Legacy at the Art Front Gallery in Tokyo, Japan 2008, and an exhibition of Utopia art at Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London in 2009.

Angelina Ngal’s exquisite abstract aesthetic has now established her as one of the pre-eminent artists from the Utopia community. The work illustrated is a fine example of her strongest work. It embodies a wonderful synthesis of contemporary abstraction and Indigenous ethereality by imparting a feeling for both the physical, and the spiritual nature of her Arlparra homeland in the Eastern Desert.

Profile References

Brody, Anne. 1989. Utopia Women’s Painting. Australia. Robert Holmes a Court Collection.

Angelina Ngale Pwerle - Bush Plum 2000

Bush Plum 2000
Sold by Lawson~Menzies, Sydney on 24/06/2009 for $6,300.00
Size: 150 x 121.5 cm

Angelina Ngale Pwerle - Bush Plum

Bush Plum
Sold by Christie's , Melbourne on 01/05/2000 for $6,325.00
Size: 176 x 177 cm

Angelina Ngale Pwerle - Bush Plum

Bush Plum
Sold by Leonard Joel Pty. Ltd., Melbourne on 14/04/2008 for $3,600.00
Size: 110 x 120 cm

Sites

Ngkawenyerre

Subjects

Birds (Tjulpurr), Wild Plum

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
120
AIAM100 Rating
1.3884
Sold/Offered
45/72
Clearance Rate
63%
Average Price
$5,217
Total Price
$234,764
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
0.0795 0.0525 0.0000 0.2452 0.3015 0.0423 0.0849 0.2805 0.0904 0.1424 0.3152 0.0000 0.4833 0.1177 0.0000 0.3360 0.5393
1/2 1/3 0/4 4/6 4/5 1/1 1/3 2/3 2/5 2/4 4/5 0/1 6/7 2/5 0/0 4/5 11/13
$6,325 $2,760 $0 $3,759 $5,683 $1,792 $7,200 $19,664 $2,044 $5,070 $6,210 $0 $6,488 $3,464 $0 $7,057 $2,404
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2016

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

Spring Flowers at Arlparra 2007

sale price: $38,400.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 23 date: 14/11/2007
150 x 374 cm Synthetic polymer paint on linen
2

Bush Plum

sale price: $19,200.00
auction: Bonhams, Sydney  lot: 57 date: 28/05/2012
199 x 118 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
3

Bush Plum, 2000

sale price: $18,000.00
auction: Deutscher and Hackett , Sydney  lot: 86 date: 08/03/2015
122 x 92 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
4

Plum Dreaming, 2000

sale price: $17,400.00
auction: Deutscher and Hackett , Melbourne  lot: 117 date: 06/10/2010
183 x 183 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
5

Bush Plum Awelye (Mosquito Bore, Northern Territory)

sale price: $14,340.00
auction: Christie's , Sydney  lot: 75 date: 12/10/2004
178 x 176.3 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
6

Aharlper Country (2010)

sale price: $13,640.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne  lot: 92 date: 06/06/2016
200 x 149.7 cm ??
7

Arnekwety Place Viii 2002

sale price: $12,182.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 194 date: 26/02/2017
150 x 121.5 cm Acrylic on canvas
8

Bush Plum

sale price: $12,000.00
auction: Bonhams, Sydney  lot: 58 date: 28/05/2012
183.5 x 174.5 cm Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
9

I) Alperre Awelye, 1998; II) Arlperre Awelye, 1999 (Pair)

sale price: $7,918.00
auction: Leonard Joel, Melbourne  lot: 363 date: 26/02/2017
90.5 x 150 cm (each) Acrylic on linen
10

Bush Plum Story 2005

sale price: $7,200.00
auction: Lawson~Menzies, Sydney  lot: 76 date: 30/05/2006
210 x 150 cm Synthetic polymer on Belgian linen

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