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Poly Ngal

AKA Polly Ngale/ Kngale

115 Career Overall Rank

- 2020 Market Rank

  • Born: 1936

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

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Poly (Polly) Ngal was born in 1936 into the Anmatyarre tribe. Later she moved to Camel Camp in Utopia with her family and sisters, Kathleen Ngal, Maisy Ngal and Angeline Pwerl.

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

Poly's work depicts the Bush Plum and its effects on her country, illustrating the topography in shades of reds, oranges and yellows reflecting the varying seasonal palette. Like her sister Kathleen, Poly's work uses layer upon layer of colour, creating a multi-dimensional effect to reveal the Bush Plum Ankwety - and her country - Alparra in all its glory.

“Poly’s work is the most sensual and loose of the three, echoing Emily's magical touch in her layering of colour to create a rich atmospheric surface, which is very alive, suffused with colour and movement, and redolent of the natural cycles of her totem — the bush plum. Poly has a delicacy of touch reminiscent of the very fine batik work the women were doing there in the 80’s. Hers 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:
2019 - Women in Colour including Andrea Adamson, Teresa Baker, Patricia Tunkin Baker, Karla Dickens, Sally Gabori, Athena Nangala Granites, Maggie Green, Nungarrayi Myra Herbert, Jennifer Ingkatji, Langaliki Lewis, Minma Marlilu , Jorna Newberry, Poly Ngal, Kathleen Ngale, Charmaine Pwerle, Kitty Napanangka Simon, Kalaya Tjukurrpa, Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty, Liddy Walker at Cooee Art, Sydney.
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.
2000Arts d’Australie, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob / Espace Mezzo - Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris.; 2000 Arts d’Australie, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane 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.



Wild Plum, Conkleberry


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

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Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction


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

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

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

Bush Plum, 2005

sale price: $7,200.00
auction: CooeeArt MarketPlace , Sydney  lot: 95 date: 20/10/2020
123 x 92 cm Synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen

Bush Plum

sale price: $5,523.00
auction: Lawsons, Sydney  lot: 530 date: 09/05/2019
200 x 100 cm Acrylic on canvas (unstretched)

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

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

Bush Plum

sale price: $3,682.00
auction: Lawsons, Sydney  lot: 524 date: 22/08/2019
200 x 149 cm Acrylic on canvas

Bush Plum

sale price: $3,191.00
auction: Lawsons, Sydney  lot: 543 date: 23/05/2019
199 x 108 cm Acrylic on canvas

Bush Plum

sale price: $3,191.00
auction: Lawsons, Sydney  lot: 550 date: 19/12/2019
201 x 150 cm Acrylic on canvas

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