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Dorothy Robinson Napangardi

Sandhills - 2004

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
0.0 x 152.0 x 122.0
Price Realised: $35,380.00

MP #319


Gallery Gondwana, NT Cat No. DN8577
Cooee Gallery, NSW Cat No. 11144
Private Collection, NSW


Cooee Art at Australian Galleries, Sydney, April 2016 (and associated catalogue)


Cf. For a stylistically similar work see Dancing Up Country - The art of Dorothy Napangardi, Catalogue of the artist's retrospective exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Plate 4 p 15

Regarded as one of the leading artists of the contemporary Aboriginal Art movement, Dorothy Napangardi created her own unique language to describe her homelands. This work captures the rolling sandhills in her father's country at Lake McKay. Dorothy's network of dotted lines form both a micro and a macro study of the land; creating the homeland topography while telling a story of the ancestral tracks. 


Her extraordinary spatial ability enabled her to create mimetic lines of dots tracing the travels of her ancestors as they danced their way through the saltpans, spinifex and sand hills during the earth's creation.

In 2001 Dorothy Napangardi was the recipient of the 18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and in the following year a solo exhibition of her work was curated for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.