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Poly Ngal

Bush Plum - 2005

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
123.0 x 92.0 cm
Price Realised: $7,320.00

MP #779


Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Vic Cat. No. 250166
Private Collection, Vic


Australian Aboriginal Art: DFAT Olympic Exhibition, Sao Paolo and Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 2014

Now in her eighties, Polly Ngal belongs to the oldest living generation of Utopia women and ranks amongst the most accomplished painters who have worked there during the past 20 years. Like many others, including Emily Kame Kngawarrye and Gloria Petyarre, Polly began her career in late 1979 creating images in Batik, prior to the introduction of painting on canvas in the late 1980s.


Poly Ngal’s paintings often depict bright yellow seeds, a feast for emus, amongst the Bush Plums that grow in her country. Her paintings are borne from traditional knowledge and her confident approach to painting can be seen in the way she assembles streams of seeds, piling dots upon each other to create rich, thick fields by employing glowing palettes of colour. Her subject matter is drawn from acute observation and memory, intimate knowledge of country, personal history and ancestral journey. Seamless in her portrayal of these elements, her paintings are sensory mind maps that reveal the artist's place, her sense of self, and her world view.